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Up to £10,000 fine. The new rules on self-isolation explained



From 28th September new rules mean a person must self-isolate by law if tested positive for Coronavirus OR they are contacted by a test and trace service and told to self-isolate.

A breach of this can mean a starting fine of £1,000 but this can increase to £10,000 if it is found the person is repeatedly disobeying the rules OR they are acting in a way that could harm people.

The fine is based on the same ones introduced for those who are required to quarantine when arriving from a country that the Government has identified as not on their travel corridor list.

In addition, any business owner can also face up to £10,000 fine if they threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work.

The government has also said they will give just under 4 million people who work on low incomes a lump sum payment of £500 if they are unable to work due to self-isolating – although they must have been told by NHS test and trace they were required to self-isolate, must be self-employed or employed, must be unable to work from home and hence lose income and must be already receiving universal credit , working tax credit, income-based employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit and/or pension credit.

There are exemptions to the rule for people who are ill or require assistance or care.


How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map



The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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