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COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

Given the wide range of information coming from various sources regarding the coronavirus outbreak we have created this dedicated page with links to further useful help and advice as a "one stop shop" for information.

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Test and Trace Payment scheme

The Government has announced a new financial package called a Test and Trace Support Payment to support and enforce self-isolation, as part of measures to try and help those affected by Covid-19.

In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500. The money is being provided by the Government but payments are being managed by Burnley Council.

Payments will be backdated if necessary.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria, and to apply for the payment, please visit the following site:

APPLY FOR A SELF-ISOLATION PAYMENT (external site to council's northgate benefits system will open in a new window).

Discretionary Test and Trace Support Payment

The Government have made it clear that these payments are aimed at people with low incomes prior to self-isolating and they must meet all the other criteria of the main scheme i.e. they are required to self-isolate and have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and given an 8 character NHS Test and account ID, are employed or self-employed, they cannot work from home and will lose income as result of self-isolating and they will suffer exceptional hardship as a result of the reduction in their income.

Given the limited funding, to be eligible for a discretionary test and trace support payment you must live in the Burnley Council area, not be a student and have a low income.

You should apply if you earn less than:

  • £813.54 per week (£42,304 per annum) if you are in a couple; or
  • £406.77 per week (£21,152 per annum) if you are a single adult.

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR A SELF-ISOLATION PAYMENT (a new window will open our 'northgate' benefits system)

For further details on the national scheme click here

Advice for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents (CEV)

The Government announced that the recommendation to shield would end on 1st April 2021. If you are anxious about this, please contact the Burnley Together Hub who will help you.

Returning to work will be a key consideration for CEVs. Here is some advice for businesses:

If working from home or furlough is not an option then you will need to consult with your employee about this and if you are considering a return to the workplace, carry out a careful risk assessment. If, following a risk assessment, a return to work is considered to be possible then you will need to contact your employee to discuss their return to work and your discussion would include what measures are in place to ensure that social distancing is practised. Also any details of any other safety precautions being put in place, for example, PPE.

You will need to remember that the employee may well be nervous about returning to the workplace. You should listen to any concerns that they have and explain the steps you are taking to minimise risk in that area. 

The HSE has published guidance on talking with your workers about preventing the spread of Coronavirus, which you might find helpful.

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