People on lower incomes and who could face a loss of earnings due to self-isolating will soon get help from a one-off £500 support payment.

As new Covid-19 cases double every week, Boris Johnson said the allowance has been brought in to protect the most vulnerable from the virus.

Around four million people on benefits in England will be eligible for the £500 payment if they lose wages as a result of self-isolating - reports the Manchester Evening News.

For Labour, shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds welcomed the “belated” announcement of additional financial assistance.

“It shouldn’t have taken months for the penny to finally drop that people on low incomes needed more help,” she said.

Public Health England (PHE) said just under four million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which will be available to those who are required to self-isolate from September 28.

Local Authorities will be working quickly to set up these self-isolation support schemes and we expect them to be in place by 12 October, they said.

Those who start to self-isolate from September 28 will receive backdated payments once the scheme is set up in their Local Authority.

You will be eligible if you live in England and meet all the following criteria:

PHE said: "Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, this new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances."