From 28 September 2020, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 for the 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 two period that began on or after 28th September 2020, either because you have tested positive for Coronavirus, or,
- You have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and you are not fully vaccinated, or;
- You are the parent or guardian living in the in the same household as a child or young person who has tested positive and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate, 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.
If you are not claiming any of the benefits listed above, you may still be entitled to a payment from the Discretionary Scheme if you have a low income and are suffering financial hardship.
Please note that currently you have up to 42 days from the first day of you or your child or young person’s period of isolation to submit a claim for a Test and Trace Support Payment.
From the 8th 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 please read the FAQs page.
The scheme will last until 30 September 2021.
When you apply, you will be asked to provide proof of:
- Your employment status – this could be a recent wage slip or a recent self-employed tax return, and,
- A bank statement for your account that you want the payment to go to. This must include your name as the account holder, the 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.
- If applicable the letter from the educational establishment that states that your child or young person must self-isolate.
- Your National Insurance Number.
Before we can make any payments, these details will be verified, therefore please provide any requested information or proof during the application process, this will speed any payment that you may be entitled to being issued.