If someone is told by NHS Test and Trace Service to stay at home and self-isolate, you may be able to get a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. For the qualifying conditions and to apply see here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/benefits/what-help-can-i-claim-from-the-council/covid-test-and-trace-support-payments/
Sometimes, this may not be enough to address all of the problems and not everyone will qualify so whether eligible for this or not, we urge people to think about applying for the Shropshire Councils other discretionary help as well.
For the more vulnerable households either affected financially by Covid or just struggling to meet essential bills over lockdown and over winter, Shropshire Council have other Hardship Funds that can help with a wide range of need. These grants are open to anyone in difficulty, it is not necessary for benefits to be in payment.
They want to get this money to those Shropshire householders, especially families with children, who are struggling financially. It is easy to apply over the phone (a paper form is available on request), an adviser will complete the paperwork and a specialist will look to see how they can help and if any further information is needed.
So if you, or someone you know, is having difficulty meeting essential outgoings, call them on 0345 678 9078.
People can also access these grants and a range of other Covid related support through their web pages here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/ or via our Covid helpline on 0345 678 9028