Government guidelines require someone who has symptoms of coronavirus to stay at home and self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus.
NHS track and trace may also ask people to isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. In this case self-isolation is a legal obligation and fines ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 may be charged for non-compliance, depending on the severity of the situation.
Self-isolating has financial consequences for those who are unable to work as a result. A £500 track and trace support payment is available to certain people on low income, who are asked by NHS track and trace to self-isolate, on or after 28 September 2020.
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Sarah Bradford BA (Hons) FCA CTA (Fellow) is the director of Writetax Ltd (www.writetax.co.uk) and its sister company, Writetax Consultancy Services Ltd. She writes widely on tax and National Insurance contributions and is the author of National Insurance Contributions 2020/21 published by...