BRITS told to self-isolate will be given £182 to encourage them to stay at home – even if they don't have coronavirus.
Eligible people who test positive or are told to quarantine by Test and Trace will be handed £130 by the State for their 10-day period of self-isolation.
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And members of their household, who then have to do the same for 14 days, will be entitled to a payment of £182.
It is thought people aren't following the advice to quarantine if they or a family member is ill over fears they need to earn money.
The scheme is set to be introduced in areas with high rates of infection, to stop panicked workers continuing to clock in to get paid.
It would be given to people in areas such as parts of the North West of Midlands who are on Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit.
The scheme is reserved for workers on lower salaries – the majority of whom cannot work from home.
It includes cleaners, factory workers, the self-employed, taxi and delivery drivers.
The scheme will start with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle.
It comes after fears Leicester saw such a spike in cases after factory staff continued to go to work when they should have isolated.
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The Department for Health and Social Care added that non-household contacts who are advised to self-isolate through the NHS Test and Trace system will also be entitled to a payment of £13 per day up to a maximum of £182, dependent on the length of their isolation period.
The payment will not reduce any other benefits that a person may already receive, the department said.
Payments will be provided within 48 hours of the eligible person providing all the necessary evidence, and to receive the payment people will be asked to provide a notification from NHS Test and Trace and a bank statement.
The department added that checks will be undertaken on all applicants to ensure they are self-isolating – with proof of employment given.
But Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said "everyone should get the support they need to self-isolate".
Ms Dodds said: "It's concerning that this will only apply to a limited number of areas with high rates of Covid-19. The instruction to self-isolate applies to everyone in the country, so everyone should get the support they need to self-isolate."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "The British public have already sacrificed a great deal to help slow the spread of the virus… this new payment scheme will help people on low incomes and who are unable to work from home to continue playing their part."
It comes after a chicken factory closed after 75 staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hundreds of employees have been forced to self-isolate after the outbreak was detected at a Banham Poultry factory in Norfolk.
And as many as 30 teenagers may have contracted coronavirus after a holiday to the Greek island of Zante, health officials said today.
At least 11 of a group of 18 and 19-year-olds in Plymouth have tested positive for Covid-19 after their return from the holiday hotspot last week.
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