Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Update

Financial Support for Individuals and Families

If you are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19 you may be eligible for support.

The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for food and essential supplies is a one off limited contribution for local authorities in England to use to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

The scheme is being delivered through a partnership with Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) and local food banks. 

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be resident in Rossendale
  • Be able to demonstrate that they struggling to afford food and / or other essentials due to COVID-19.
  • not have any savings, access to other monies or affordable source of funding, or other means of accessing support

Residents can self-refer for support under the scheme or referrals can be made via another organisation.

What can be provided?

Food:  Any applicant deemed eligible for an award of food will be offered up to the maximum of an equivalent of £100 worth of food.

Essential items (including heating bills):  Any applicant deemed eligible for an award for essential items, will receive an award up to a maximum of £200.

Items could include:  Essential household items; Supermarket vouchers; Vouchers for school uniforms; Vouchers for essential furniture; Essential items for children.

What can’t be provided?

This fund is designed to provide the most essential items to those most in need.  The programme will not provide:

  • Cash
  • Leisure activity e.g. Holidays
  • Specific items from specific shops
  • Specific foods from specific shops/supermarkets (special dietary requirements will be catered for)
  • Any item/service which has already been paid for
  • Anything that promotes a religious or political agenda
  • Any particular item which has already been funded from a different source
  • Help with rent/mortgage payments or paying off debts e.g. Council Tax, credit cards etc.

For more information or should you have any questions, please contact:

BPRCVS on Email:  [email protected] / Phone: 01282 433740

Rossendale Connected on 01706 252520


Test and Trace Self Isolation Payments

From 28 September 2020, eligible individuals are entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary support payment of £500. This is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and will lose income as a result.

These payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID- 19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions.

The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.

Who Can Apply?

Eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who:

  1. have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
  2. are employed or self-employed;
  3. are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
  4. are currently 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
  5. Claims must be made within 14 days of the end of the period of self-isolation.

In order to receive the payment you must agree to self-isolate for the required period and provide all the information relating to people that you have been in contact with and understand that if you refuse to do so the payment will not be made or you will be required to pay the funds back. For further information regarding the scheme please read our FAQ's

Test and Trace Support Application

RBC Test and Trace Scheme full details.