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Test and Trace Support Scheme

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 :

a) are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19

b) have been identified as a positive contact for COVID-19 and have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS

or

c) 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

You can book a free test to see if you have Coronavirus by going to the Government website HERE

 

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 tested positive for coronavirus or they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or

  • 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. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period

AND

  • 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

they will not be entitled to a payment under the Standard Scheme and will be directed to apply for a payment under the Council's Test and Trace Discretionary Payment Scheme

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.

Tax Implications

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

Download the 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.