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Published Delegated Executive Decisions

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Decision Number: 0002 2020/21

Executive Portfolio:
Finance and Governance
Decision Number:
0002 2020/21
Exempt / Confidential Item:
No
Ward(s) Affected:
All Wards
Declarations of Interest Received:
None
Title:
NHS Test and Trace Support Payments
Summary of Decision:
To approve a Test and Trace Support Payment Policy
Proposed Decision:
To approve the enclosed Test and Trace Support Payment Policy which incorporates a discretionary scheme.
Summary of Reason for Decision:
A 500 payment will be available to individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria and are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
Reason for Decision:
From 28/09/2020, there is a legal duty to self-isolate if a person tests positive for coronavirus or they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate. A 500 self-isolation payment will be made where the individual meets all the following criteria: 1. They are told, since 28 September 2020, to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. 2. They are working (either employed or self-employed). 3. They are unable to work from home and will lose income due to self-isolating. 4. They are currently in receipt of either: Universal Credit; Working Tax Credit; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and / or Pension Credit. The scheme will be operated by local authorities on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The Government has provided local authorities with 15m of discretionary funding to support a discretionary scheme for individuals who meet the criteria 1-3 above but are not in receipt of a qualifying benefit but would suffer financial hardship due to not being able to work. St Helens Borough Council has been allocated 58,355 (equivalent to 116.7 - 500 payments) to cover discretionary applications. The enclosed policy outlines the discretionary policy as follows: 1. They are told, since 28 September 2020, to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. 2. They are working (either employed or self-employed). 3. They are unable to work from home and will lose income due to self-isolating. and 4. They have property related costs (rent or mortgage) and are liability for Council Tax (occupied properties only). Applications may be considered from those who are not liable for Council Tax where a formal tenancy or mortgage is in place; and 5. Their household income (applicant and partner only) during the period of self-isolation is low enough to cause financial hardship during the period they are unable to work. This will include people who: - have applied but are not in receipt of a qualifying social security benefit during the period of self-isolation; - will be entitled to a social security benefit but have not yet applied; - be eligible for Council Tax Reduction; - is a student, but only where the student is: - a lone parent - a member of a couple responsible for one or more children - responsible for a foster child placed by the local authority - qualify for disability or severe disability premium; or - have no recourse to public funds
Risks Associated with this Decision:
As a cash-limited budget, demand for the discretionary scheme may exceed available funding.
Measures to Redress Risk:
To monitor discretionary applications to ensure that the scheme is applied fairly based on available funding.
Anti Poverty / Human Rights / Agenda 21 Implications:
Test and Trace Support Payments will help to support working low-income households who are told to self-isolate and who would lose earnings during the period of self-isolation.
Attachments:
Please Contact Gordon Lee - Ext 5230 for more details.