Just last week, the BBC reported that over 600,000 people using the NHS Covid-19 app were sent self-isolation alerts in just two weeks during July, meaning more of us are currently self-isolating at home than ever before.
With more people having to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, it not only affects hospitality services and businesses, but also raises concern with regard to the additional costs of working from home.
In a recent article, money saving expert Martin Lewis revealed how you can claim back up to £125 in tax if you get pinged by the NHS track and trace app (or contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service) to help with some of the extra costs.
If you’ve been forced to work from home by the NHS app, Lewis explains that certain claims can be made due to the increased costs, for instance, your energy bills that require more power when you spend the whole day at home in self-isolation.
‘HMRC has specifically confirmed to me that claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures, if their usual workplace is closed, count for this relief,’ Martin explained. ‘The same also applies if you have to work from home because you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or because you’re self-isolating having been pinged by the NHS app.’
Though the money will not be handed out up front, if you do qualify for the claim, your tax code will be adjusted accordingly so that you pay less.
The NHS Track and Trace app notifies users who have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; they then have to undergo a self-isolation period of ten full days, including the day you were last in contact with that person.
There are now hundreds of thousands of people self-isolating across England and Wales who have been pinged by the app, all of whom have to stay at home throughout this period.