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Coronavirus - benefits update

Benefits update in relation to Coronavirus.

Welsh Government has announced that a £500 self-isolation support payment will be introduced to help people on low incomes. It will relieve some of the financial pressures people face if they have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service.  

The application form will be live from late afternoon on Monday 16 November - see COVID-19 self-isolation payments (Trace, Track, Protect) for more information.

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This information is correct at time of publication, but new changes are being frequently introduced so please seek independent advice.

COVID-19 self-isolation payments (Trace, Track, Protect)

If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP) on or after 23 October 2020 and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a payment of £500. The payment has increased to £750 for those whose self-isolation period started on or after 7/8/2021.

Help if you are made redundant (COVID 19)

Due to coronavirus, the current economic slow-down and the previous repeated changes to the Job Retention Scheme, more people in Swansea are at risk of redundancy.

Benefits for people who are working or were working prior to COVID 19

Benefits available to people who are working or were working prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Benefits for people who have symptoms of COVID 19

Are you sick and/or have symptoms of COVID-19; extremely vulnerable and have received a letter from NHS; or having to self-isolate because a member of your family has symptoms of COVID-19?

Benefits for people who are self-employed (COVID 19)

The Government has provided a Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), as an equivalent to the Job Retention Scheme for employees, to assist people who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Benefits for people who were not working prior to COVID 19

Information about benefits that you received if you were not in work prior to recent events.

Benefits for mixed-age couples (COVID 19)

A mixed-age couple is two people living together in the same household as partners where one is over State Pension age and the other below State Pension age.

Disability Benefits (COVID 19)

Information on disability benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other benefits (COVID 19)

Updates on other benefits during the coronavirus pandemic including carers, children and the recovery of over-payments.

Benefits appeal hearings (COVID 19)

Information on appeal hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Benefits information for students (COVID 19)

Most full-time students are generally excluded from any entitlement to means-tested benefits unless they meet an exception, these can include parents, disabled students and some young people who are undertaking further education courses.