As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Sutton Council has so far ensured 497 low-income residents across the borough have received £500 self-isolation payments.
The figures were revealed at last night’s meeting of the council’s Strategy & Resources Committee meeting, following a question from Lib Dem councillor Mo Saqib.
Any low-income resident told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, because they have tested positive for coronavirus or come into close contact with someone who has, is eligible for the payment.
Sutton Council aims to process payments within 48 hours of applications being approved.
Any resident wanting to check their eligibility for the £500 payment and to apply can do so on this page on the Sutton Council website.
Sutton Council’s lead on welfare support, Lib Dem councillor Jayne McCoy, commented:
“Sutton Council staff are working flat out to get self-isolation payments to affected residents within 48 hours of a resident’s application being approved. We recognise that the last thing people need is to be facing financial difficulties on top of health concerns. During this dreadful pandemic, sadly we’ve seen coronavirus cases rising to almost 15,000 across Sutton, nearly a tenth of the borough’s population. The NHS Test & Trace system is absolutely right to prioritise low-income workers for these £500 payments. 497 such payments have been made in Sutton so far, and the council will continue to work with our incredible NHS to support residents as best we can.”