FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

17 December 2021

Please can you provide information on the following questions regarding access to the Self-Isolation Support Grant in the local authority of East Hertfordshire during the Covid pandemic.

 

All questions refer to the time period between March 2020 and up to the latest available data.

 

  1. How many individuals have applied for the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500? Please include a month-by-month breakdown.
  2. How many of those applications were made by self-employed people?
  3. How many of applications made by self-employed people automatically received the payment due to being on existing benefit schemes such as Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, and Housing Benefit?
  4. How many self-employed people who were not on benefits received the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500?
  5. How many applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500 made by self-employed people were rejected and what were the top three reasons for rejection in these circumstances.
  6. What was the total expenditure on Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500 made for self-employed people?

 



East Herts Council Response

13 January 2022

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

EHC Data             
  Total Applications Rec"d  Employed  Self Employed    All questions refer to the time period between March 2020 and up to the latest available data.
Oct-20 75 49 26      
Nov-20 101 69 32      
Dec-20 144 98 46   1. How many individuals have applied for the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500? Please include a month-by-month breakdown.
Jan-21 313 220 93   2. How many of those applications were made by self-employed people?
Feb-21 67 51 16   3. How many of applications made by self-employed people automatically received the payment due to being on existing benefit schemes such as Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, and Housing Benefit?
Mar-21 32 22 10   4. How many self-employed people who were not on benefits received the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500?
Apr-21 11 5 6   5. How many applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500 made by self-employed people were rejected and what were the top three reasons for rejection in these circumstances.
May-21 9 7 2   6. What was the total expenditure on Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500 made for self-employed people?
Jun-21 73 50 23      
Jul-21 338 240 98      
Aug-21 208 165 43      
Sep-21 59 38 21      
Oct-21 80 46 34      
Nov-21 98 64 34      
Dec-21 229 170 59      
TOTALS 1837 1294 543      
             
             
The above is the answers to Q1 and Q2 .         
We do not record data for Q3-Q6 as there is no requierment to hold/record/report that data.  
             
540 payments made = £270,000 paid out in total       

 

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Information Commissioners Office
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Wilmslow
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Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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Thank you for your request.