Decision Maker: Chief Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Implement a Discretionary Scheme for the
national Test and Trace Self Isolation Payment Scheme
Government requirement for Local Authorities
to implement a test and trace payment scheme to enable people to
self-isolate when notified by NHS test and trace. Mandatory scheme
is already operational in Boston.
Discretionary criteria set by Government has been used to develop a local discretionary framework. To enable case by case assessment of discretionary applications and link to wider support mechanisms as appropriate, a panel approach with other local authority and key stakeholder partners will be implemented.
Financial Implications of this Decision: Externally funded.
Implementing the national Test and Trace Payment Scheme is a legal requirement as part of the Government’s response to COVID 19. The current scheme will run until 30 June 2021 and ELDC will continue to receive ring-fenced funding from Department of Health and Social Care.
More information: www.mybostonuk.com/track-and-trace-support-payment/
The reason for the decision and other
alternative options considered and rejected:
Since 28 September 2020, eligible individuals have been entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary support payment of £500. This is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and will lose income as a result.
Government now requires Local Authorities to extend the Test and Trace support payment scheme to parents who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolation
In addition, Government announced in its lockdown exit roadmap on 22 February that Test and Trace support payment scheme is being extended to summer 2021 and that the money available to councils to make discretionary payments under the scheme is being increased to £20 million per month. Local Authorities retain the ability to set locally determined eligibility criteria for discretionary payments in their area, to ensure they are targeted at those most in need.
It is intended that the increase in funding for discretionary payments will enable Local Authorities to be less restrictive with their locally determined eligibility criteria. National guidance has been used to develop local agreed framework to be delivered by PSPS Ltd Revenues and Benefits Service.
Publication date: 06/04/2021
Date of decision: 31/03/2021