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Martin Lewis says millions of Brits with the NHS app can claim £500

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People using the NHS app have been told they can claim £500.

Martin Lewis has issued an update to those who use the NHS Track and Trace, which sends self-isolation alerts on their mobile phone.

The Money Saving Expert said millions of Brits can claim £500 if they have the app, the MEN has reported.

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The self-isolation alerts have been sent to over 600,000 people on the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales between July 8 and July 15.

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Many pubs and businesses have either closed recently or had to reduce their hours due to low staff levels as the so-called “pingdemic” has taken hold.

Some supermarket shoppers have also complained of empty shelves in stores.

Speaking on ITV This Morning this week, Martin reminded people how they can claim financial support if they have been told to isolate.

£500 self-isolation payment

Those who claim certain benefits like Universal Credit may be entitled to a payment of £500 if you’ve been asked to self-isolate and can’t work from home.

If you don’t claim benefits, you may still be eligible if you’re on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating.

Those who can potentially make a claim include people who’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, notified to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app, or the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.

If you qualify, the £500 payment is for each period of 10-day self-isolation you need to undertake.

The money is handed out by local authorities – so you'll need to contact your council to claim it.

Or if you've been pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales, you should see a “financial support” button that will give you details on how to apply.

However, Martin warned that some councils have started running out of funds so you may not be offered the payment even if you’re eligible.

He said: “You should try it but off the record, I’ve been told the way it has been organised is a mess.”

£125 back in tax

Martin said: “If you’re working from home because you’ve been pinged and you can’t go to work, then you are entitled to the working from home tax rebate.

“Even if you’re working from home for one or two days, you can claim the whole year’s allowance.”

Claim sick pay

Martin said: “If you are entitled to statutory sick pay, for all the other reasons you need to be entitled to it, then being ‘pinged’ is a reason you can get statutory sick pay.

“Look at what your employer’s sick pay conditions are, often they’re more generous than statutory sick pay.”

Self-employed grant

Self-employed workers may be eligible to claim money if their income has taken a hit due to having to self-isolate.

This money would be issued through the fifth self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) grant, as the criteria states you must have been "previously trading but temporarily unable to do so" because of the pandemic.

However, you'll still need to meet all the other criteria required to claim the SEISS grant and must have seen a drop in income.This help can also be applied to those who are contacted by Test and Trace and if you’ve been “pinged” by the NHS Covid app.

Martin said: “If you were previously trading but unable to trade due to the pandemic, that is one of the criteria that makes you eligible for the grant.

“I have had it confirmed that self-isolating due to be ‘pinged’ would qualify under that criteria.”

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