Martin Ford 03 February 2021

Councils face funding shortfall for self-isolation schemes

Councils face funding shortfall for self-isolation schemes image

Funding for council schemes supporting people forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 do not go far enough, according to new research.

Analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found demand was far outstripping supply for discretionary payments to workers who are ineligible for the Government’s main scheme, under which £500 is given to low-paid employees who cannot work from home.

According to a Resolution Foundation estimate, seven in eight workers do not fit the criteria for the main scheme.

Of the 116 councils that provided data, representing 37% of councils running discretionary schemes, 31,979 applications were made, exceeding the available funding if granted.

The TUC estimated that the total number of applications would top 86,000, at a cost of more than £43.2m - £18m higher than the Government funding so far.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘No one should be forced to choose between doing the right thing and being plunged into hardship.

‘The current system of patchy self-isolation payments and paltry sick pay just isn’t working.

‘The Government could fix the problem tomorrow by offering decent sick pay to those required to self-isolate.’

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: ‘This is a targeted scheme to help people on low incomes who cannot work from home and we are continuing to work closely with local authorities in England to monitor the effectiveness of the scheme.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Travel Information Data Technician

Essex County Council
Up to £25581 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to work across all aspects of the Integrated Passenger Transport Unit (IPTU). Working with a passionate and dedicated England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager

Essex County Council
£57621 - £61410 per annum
Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager Permanent, Full Time £57,621 to £61,410 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Accountant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£39,571 - £42,614
Are you a qualified Accountant looking to take the next step in your career? Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Family Assessment Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£25,419 to £27,514
We have a great opportunity for a full time Family Assessment Worker in the Parenting Assessment Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£23,023 - £24,920
The post holder will tackle environmental crimes and unlawful parking. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.