Zero hours workers not excluded from self-isolation payments - Full Fact

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Payments of £500 are available to eligible low-income or benefit-receiving workers who have to self-isolate.
Zero hours workers not excluded from self-isolation payments

8 April 2021

What was claimed People who are in insecure work or on zero hours contracts are excluded from the government's financial support for self-isolation. Our verdict These groups aren't excluded from support but, like other workers, need to be on benefits or have a low income in order to be eligible.

"We need to support people to self-isolate and there are still many, many people who are excluded from the government's financial support for self isolation - people who are in insecure work, on zero hour contracts and all the rest of it." Rachel Reeves MP, .

On Sky News on Monday, 5 April, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office Rachel Reeves suggested that people who are in insecure work or on zero hour contracts were excluded from self-isolation support payments.

While claimants have to be either on benefits or have a low income, there is nothing that specifically excludes these groups from the support. The Labour party and Ms Reeves have not responded to requests from Full Fact to clarify or evidence the comments.

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