Thousands refused help to self-isolate by cash-strapped English councils

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Exclusive: Local leaders say government ‘vastly underestimated’ demand for one-off £500 payments More than half of people applying for financial support to self-isolate are being rejected in some coronavirus hotspots in England as councils report running out of cash and loopholes leave low-income families ineligible. Thousands of people are being excluded from accessing the £500 one-off payments due to gaps in the policy announced by Boris Johnson two months ago, according to council leaders and charities. Continue reading... ▶ Full story on
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