Test and Trace Support Scheme
In response to the Coronavirus the Government has announced that individuals losing income after being asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace scheme may be eligible for a lump sum payment of £500.
Before making a claim for support, please read the following information carefully to ensure that the qualifying criteria is met.
What help is available?
From 28 September 2020, low-income residents can receive a lump sum payment of £500 if they :
- are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19
- have been identified as a positive contact for COVID-19 and have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS; or,
- are parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person* who is self-isolating
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, an individual must:
- have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they've been fully vaccinated and tested positive for coronavirus or
- have been asked to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they've tested positive for coronavirus or they've NOT been fully vaccinated and have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or
- be 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 because they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace due to testing positive for coronavirus
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit*
Please note that where an individual meets the other criteria but
- has yet to apply for a qualifying benefit
- is awaiting a decision on a benefit
- is currently appealing a negative decision
- is unable to apply for a qualifying benefit
Please use the links directly above to download further information (policy documents) on how the schemes will be administered.
Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
If you believe that you fully meet the criteria above you can Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
How Will My Payment Be Made?
Where an applicant meets all of the eligibility criteria, a single payment of £500 shall be paid for each period of self-isolation. Payments will be made direct to the applicant’s bank account within three working days of an eligible application being verified.
If you pay tax, you should note that the Test and Trace payment is taxable income but it is not subject to National Insurance Contributions. HMRC will automatically collect tax from your pay through your tax code, or self employed recipients should report the payment on their 20/21 Self Assessment return.
Test and Trace Scheme Privacy Notice
* The child or young person:
- Is aged 15 or under ( or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
- Has been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Parents and Guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can make one application per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
Applicants will need to self-declare:
- Their child’s name
- Their child’s age
- Their child’s main address
- The child’s education or care setting and year group. This should include contact details for the setting (email and/or phone number)
- Their child’s first day of self-isolation
- If their child has and EHC.