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Coronavirus UK news - £500 covid test payouts spark furious backlash with policy costing half a BILLION a week

1 month ago   |   By The Irish Sun

PLANS to give £500 to anybody testing positive for coronavirus have sparked a furious backlash.
Government polling found just 17 per cent of those with coronavirus symptoms are getting a test, with ministers fearing many are avoiding coming forward because they cannot afford time off work.
It is understood Matt Hancock's Department of Health is pushing for the cash payouts in the hope it will increase the number of covid sufferers coming forward - but the move has sparked widespread anger.
Not only is the policy expected to cost the UK half a billion every week, it also appears to caught...
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£500 payment to everyone who tests positive being considered - minister

1 month ago   |   By Belfast telegraph

Ministers are considering paying £500 to everyone who tests positive for coronavirus to increase the number of people abiding by quarantine rules, a Cabinet member has confirmed.
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UK Covid live: £500 payment to anyone testing positive being considered, says minister

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Latest updates: George Eustice says policy has been under review before playing down prospect of a full-blown travel ban Ministers could pay £500 to everyone with Covid in England PM raises fears of lockdown in England continuing into summertime Quarantine: Home Office considered electronic tags for travellers North-east and Yorkshire vaccine supply cut to help lagging regions Coronavirus - latest updates 9.23am GMT Good morning everyone. I'll be leading the blog today. Feel free to drop me a message on Twitter with any coverage suggestions. Ministers have been responding to the reports...
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Self isolation payment: Who can get the £500 payment to self isolate?

Self isolation payment: Who can get the £500 payment to self isolate?

1 month ago   |   By Daily Express

SELF-ISOLATING may mean you can't get to work but the Government could now be giving people who test positive for Covid-19 a one-off £500 payment to stay at home, according to leaked documents. But who can get the £500 cash?
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Newslinks for Friday 22nd January 2021

Newslinks for Friday 22nd January 2021

1 month ago   |   By Conservative Home

Coronavirus 1) £500 payments for those who self-isolate
“Everyone in England who tests positive for coronavirus could be given £500 to ensure they self-isolate under plans to stop hardship spreading the virus. Ministers are trying to solve a problem that scientific advisers have long said is an obstacle to controlling the virus. Paying all those with a positive test could cost £2 billion a month. However, the payment could be limited to those who cannot work from home. Ministers are due to discuss the issue next week but an overhaul of financial support seems imminent. The present payments...
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Coronavirus news - live: Lockdown may last into summer, PM warns, as £500 could be paid to people with Covid

1 month ago   |   By The Independent

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Anyone who tests positive for Covid ‘could get paid £500'

Anyone who tests positive for Covid ‘could get paid £500'

1 month ago   |   By Metro

Research suggests only 17% of people with symptoms are getting tested
Everyone in England who tests positive for coronavirus could be given £500 to persuade them to stay at home, according to a leaked government document.
The proposal is said to be the ‘preferred position' of the Department of Health and Social Care .
It said the overhaul has been prompted by Government polling indicating that only 17% of people with symptoms are coming forward for testing.
The paper, seen by the Guardian, added that just one-in-four comply with rules to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive and...
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UK coronavirus LIVE: £500 ‘Covid payment' for positive tests considered as lockdown ‘could last into summer'

1 month ago   |   By Evening Standard

Everyone who tests positive for coronavirus in England could be given £500 to ensure they self-isolate, according to leaked Government documents .
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