Boris Johnson rejects £500 payment for Covid-positive people

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Boris Johnson has rejected plans to pay people £500 to help them self-isolate if they catch coronavirus.

The prime minister’s spokesperson said on Friday the government had “no plans” to introduce the payments.

It comes after a leaked document from Matt Hancock’s department of health revealed that the policy was being looked at.

Asked about the leak, the spokesperson said: “There are no plans to introduce an extra £500 payment. As you are already aware we already offer a £500 payment to support those on low income who cannot work from home.”

Ministers are concerned that people may not be self-isolating when asked to because they need to keep working to pay the bills.

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