Loans: Quarantine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to make available long-term zero interest loans to people who cannot afford the upfront costs of managed covid-19 hotel quarantine but need to travel to a red list country for the purposes of (a) seeing a terminally ill loved one, (b) attending a funeral and (c) other compassionate grounds to be assessed on a case by case basis; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

For those who will suffer severe financial hardship as a result of paying for the full cost of managed quarantine before travel, hardship arrangements may be available if their travel has been for essential purposes. This includes repayment plans, where the cost of managed quarantine is paid for in monthly instalments and in exceptional circumstances, fee reductions or waivers may be granted. Individuals will not be charged interest on repayment plans.

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