A new payment has been announced by the Government meaning up to four million people in England could claim £500 if they are forced to self-isolate for 14 days.

The money will be available to people who claim benefit as well as working - while other payments will be made available to those who don't qualify for this one.

The Government is also working with the devolved administrations to get payments set up in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In order to qualify for the new £500 patent, you must have a positive coronavirus test and you must have been told to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

According to The Mirror, You have to fulfil all four of these criteria to receive the payment:

The government has made clear you will only be eligible for the £500 payment if you have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

However, this only generally applies to people who've either tested positive for coronavirus, who are close contacts of someone who tested positive.

So you won't get the payment if you self-isolate after displaying symptoms but haven't had a test.

The payments will be available to anyone who starts to self-isolate from September 28 onwards.

But the actual system is not expected to be up and running until a couple of weeks later.

The £500 payment system is being run by local councils, and the government says it expects it to be up and running by October 12.

Anyone who starts to self-isolate from September 28 should receive a backdated payment after the scheme takes effect in their area.

You will need to phone or apply online to your local council and submit supporting evidence.

Councils will deliver the payments and administer the system, according to the government.

The government says you will need to show four pieces of evidence when you apply:

The government insists people will receive the £500 payment on top of any Statutory Sick Pay or benefits they receive.

Statutory Sick Pay is worth £95.85 a week for people in employment who earn more than £120 a week, are forced into isolation, and can't work from home.

The scheme is England-only and Downing Street says there will be a discretionary fund which councils can use to give help to those who fall between the gaps - for instance if they're stuck in low pay, but not currently on benefits.

This would happen on a case-by-case basis.

However, there are no concrete details available yet.