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English councils refuse six in 10 requests for Covid self-isolation pay

Exclusive: unions say one of key policies to limit virus spread is ‘failing’ in face of rising infections

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Almost two-thirds of workers in England seeking grants to help them self-isolate are being refused help, sparking warnings from trade unions that a key policy to limit Covid-19 is “failing” in the face of rising infections.

Councils are continuing to refuse more than six out of 10 applications despite the government increasing funding for the vital anti-Covid system in March to £20m a month, freedom of information requests by the Trades Union Congress found.

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