According to a leaked government paper, anyone who tests positive with Covid could receive a one off payment of £500 to persuade them to self-isolate.
According to the Department of Health ans Social Care (DHSC), this proposal is there “preferred position,” but this is being kept under review.
The leaked paper which was seen by the Guardian indicates that just 17% of those with symptoms are getting tested, and only one in four stick to the self-isolation rules, whilst 15% continue to go to work.
The Environment Secretary, George Eustice told Sky News, “We do need people, if they are asked to self-isolate because they have been contacted through our Test and Trace, we do need them to self-isolate.
“And, obviously, we always review the reasons why they might not.”
Eustice said that “no decisions have been made” over the proposed payment, but added, “This is a dynamic, fast-moving situation with the pandemic.
“We are always keeping multiple policies under review.
“We have had a targeted £500 payment already for those who are on benefits to help them with the costs of staying at home when they are unable to work.”
The scheme, if it went ahead would cost around £453m each week.
A DHSC spokesman said, “We are in one of the toughest moments of this pandemic and it is incumbent on all of us to help protect the NHS by staying at home and following the rules.
“All local authority costs for administering the Test and Trace support payment scheme are covered by the government, and each authority is empowered to make discretionary payments outside of the scheme.
“£50m was invested when the scheme launched, and we are providing a further £20m to help support people on low incomes who need to self-isolate.”