What is the Test and Trace Support Payment?
The Test and Trace Support Payment has been set up to help support residents who are struggling to self-isolate because of financial constraints. The scheme will be in place until 31 March 2022.
- It helps to make sure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact
- It encourages more people to get tested
- It all helps reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further social and economic restrictions, including local lockdowns
Who can apply?
To apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must:
- Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Or be a parent/guardian who needs to take time off work to care for a child who has tested positive.
- Be employed or self-employed
- Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
You must also be currently receiving one or more of the following:
- Universal credit
- Working tax credit
- Income based employment and support allowance
- Income based jobseeker’s allowance
- Income support
- Housing benefit
- Pension credit
What other financial support is there?
We are also offering a cash limited discretionary scheme for people who:
- Are on a low income
- Have earnings (before having to self-isolate) of £80 – £400 gross per week
- Have savings of less than £6000
- Cannot work from home and have therefore lost income because they have had to self-isolate
How to apply
Please click here to apply
If you are unable to complete the above application please call us on 01653 600666 (please select option 3 for Housing Benefits then select option 2 Benefits).
What documents do I need for my application?
You’ll need to show:
- A notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate (this will include a Unique ID number)
- A bank statement
- Proof of employment, or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
How much will I get?
If you meet the criteria, you will receive a lump sum of £500.
Will these payments be taxed?
Yes, these payments will be subject to income tax. They will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.