From 28 September 2020, you will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 for the two week period that you have been told to isolate if you:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace for a period that began on or after 28 September 2020, either because you have tested positive for Coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or;
- You are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate: and2. Are employed or self-employed, and;
- Are employed or self-employed, and;
- Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result of being asked to self-isolate, and;
- Are you currently receiving any of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
This payment is designed to support people on low incomes, if they will lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage them to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions.
The scheme will last until the 30 September 2021.
If you are not claiming any of the benefits listed above, you may still be entitled to a payment from the Discretionary Scheme.
From the 8 March 2021 you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment if you are a parent or guardian of a child or young person who has been told to self-isolate. For more information about claiming due to your child or young person’s period of self-isolation please go to page 4.
When you apply, you will be asked to provide proof of:
- Your employment status – this could be a wage slip or self-employed tax returns, and,
- A bank statement for the account that you want the payment to go to. this must include the account holder’s name, sort code and account number.
You will also need your NHS Test and Trace ID number or your child or young person’s, if they have one and you are claiming because you are caring for them whilst they self-isolate, and your National Insurance Number to hand. Before we can make any payments, these details will be verified.
Please have this information ready before you apply.