Everyone who tests positive for coronavirus could soon receive a one-off payment of £500, in a government move to persuade more people to get a test and self-isolate after a positive result.The dramatic plan being considered by ministers follows research that suggested only 17% of people with COVID-19 symptoms come forward to get a test because they fear losing their income if they stop working.The proposal, which would cost the government a massive £453m a week or £2bn a month, is revealed in a leaked 16-page policy document drawn up by Matt Hancock’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).”Wanting to avoid self-isolation is now the biggest reported barrier to requesting a test,” the document’s authors claim, adding that only one in four people self-isolate for the full 10 days and 15% carry on going to work.Outlining the proposal, described as the department’s “preferred position”, the document says: “Anyone who tested positive for coronavirus, irrespective of their age, employment status or ability to work from home, would be eligible for a TTSP (Test and Trace Support Payment). Advertisement “This would be straightforward for local authorities to administer, though it would lead to significantly greater volumes of applications than under the… Read full this story
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