PEOPLE across the Dudley borough who are self-isolating may be eligible for up to £500 if they are unable to work.

Dudley Council is administering Test and Trace Support Payments to people on low incomes who cannot work as a result of self-isolating - and so far the authority has made payments to nearly 1,200 people.

Individuals are asked to self-isolate if someone tests positive or is identified as a contact in the NHS Test and Trace system.

To minimise the impact, the government is offering a one-off lump sum of £500 for those on low incomes to support them if they cannot work during their self-isolation period.

The Test and Trace Support Payment has been introduced in response to feedback from local authorities and directors of public health that some residents were struggling to self-isolate as directed due to financial constraints.

Councillor Steve Clark, Dudley Council's cabinet member for finance and legal, said: "Isolation is one of the most important elements in fighting the virus and we have to do all we can to support people to do that.

"This money will help support those people who are finding it extremely difficult to self-isolate because of the financial impact it can have on them.

"We all have our part to play in fighting the virus, and self-isolating when required plays a really important role in stopping the spread."

People can apply for the grant by going to and an application can be made for every period of isolation.

To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, people must have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

They must also be employed or self-employed and be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.

The payment is expected to be available until the end of June.