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New payment for those unable to work due to isolation

£300 lump sum initiative will begin next week

A new lump-sum payment will be available to anyone who has to isolate and are unable to work.

From next Monday (10 January), those having to quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 will be eligible for a £300 Manx Isolation Payment.

It replaces the system where short-term incapacity benefit could be applied for - that provided £230 a week for 14 days.

It'll be available to employees earning at least £120 per week or self-employed individuals paying Class 2 National Insurance Contributions.

It will only apply to people whose isolation period begins from 10 January.

Furthermore, it won't be available to individuals who get full pay or more than half pay for their quarantine period.

Online application forms for the support will be available from Friday, 14 January.

More information on the scheme and qualifying criteria is available by emailing MIP@gov.im or calling 685 656.

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