Martin Lewis says 4m Brits can claim £500 from government if they self isolated

Martin Lewis says 4m Brits can claim £500 from government if they self isolated

Have you had to self isolate during the coronavirus pandemic?

If so, you could be eligible to claim £500 from the government.

In his MoneySavingExpert newsletter, Martin Lewis revealed that four million Brits could be eligible to claim the payment.

The self-isolation grant was set up for those who can’t work as they’ve been told to stay home by Test and Trace.

It was introduced on September 28 and can be claimed multiple times where necessary.

Isolation periods are 10 days if you test positive for coronavirus and 14 days if someone in your household tests positive.

Liverpool Echo put together a handy guide for those looking to claim the self isolation grant.

Here’s all you need to know – from eligibility to how to redeem the payment.

Who can claim?

According to MoneySavingExpert, meeting the following criteria allows for a claim:

  • Being in receipt of one of the following benefits: universal credit, working tax credit, income-based employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income support, housing benefit or pension credit

Councils will also have the discretion to make payments to those who don’t receive the qualifying benefits

But it is only for those on a low income who could suffer financial hardship as a result of not being able to work.

  • You must have a notification from the NHS Test and Trace Scheme asking you to self-isolate

This will include a unique ID number. This can be because you've tested positive for Covid-19 or if you've recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

  • You will need proof of your employment

Plus, a confirmation from your employer that you are unable to work from home.

  • If you are self-employed, you will need to show evidence of self-assessment tax returns

Plus, proof that you cannot run your business without social contact.

How do I claim and when?

The grants will be administered by local authorities or by districts and boroughs in county areas.

You can contact your local council through the government's website.

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