Fylde Council is reminding people that financial support is still available if needed for those who have been asked to self isolate despite the introduction of new rules which means fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if they have been in contact with someone with Covid.

Changes to the isolation rules from August 16th means far fewer people now have to self isolate if they are told they have been in close contact with a person who has Covid –  this rule also applies to everyone under the age of 18.

The Leader of Fylde Council, Cllr Karen Buckley, is reassuring residents who test positive for Covid or are not fully vaccinated and are contacted by NHS Track & Trace that practical and financial support is still available if needed.

People could be eligible for funding including a one-off, means tested £500 support payment as well as practical support.

Throughout the pandemic, Fylde Council’s Community Hub has helped people in all sorts of ways from shopping and dog walking to even looking after a horse!

Cllr Buckley said: “We want to reassure residents who aren’t fully vaccinated that all the support procedures still remain in place should they be told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

“They could be eligible for a one-off, means tested £500 support payment as well as many other options including foodbank vouchers.

“Everyone that is told to self-isolate will be asked if they need any practical or financial support and once they have agreed for their details to be passed to us we can look at what we can do to help.

“The residents of Fylde have done a fantastic job following the rules and guidance throughout the entire pandemic and even though our vaccination figures are some of the highest in the country, we want to make sure that everyone receives as much support as possible.”

Under the new Government rules around self isolation anyone who has come into close contact with a person who has Covid is advised to take a PCR test although it is not necessary to self isolate while waiting for the results.

If you test positive on any Covid test or start showing symptoms, you must still self-isolate for 10 days from that point.

For more information about practical and financial support for those that have been told to self-isolate please visit: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/practical-and-financial-support-for-self-isolation/


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