Test and Trace Support Payment
From 28 September 2020, those self-isolating will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if they:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- Are employed or self-employed
- Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- Are 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
The Test and Trace Support Payment is designed to support people on low incomes who will lose income as a result of self-isolating. It is also designed to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms. Getting tested and self-isolating are important to help stop the transmission of coronavirus and avoid further economic and social restrictions.
The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.
Eligible individuals can make a claim up to 14 days after their period of self-isolation ends. Applications cannot be accepted after this date. For example, a person who is instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate until 15th October must apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment by 29th October.
You will not be eligible for the scheme if you:
- Are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive during the 14-day quarantine period).
- Continue to receive full wages while you self-isolate.
- Can work from home during a period of self-isolation.
- Are no longer required to self-isolate i.e. your period of self-isolation ended before the Self-Isolation Payment Scheme launched (28 September 2020).
- Have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.
If you believe that you are eligible for this payment you should make an application.