Are you eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment?
From 28 September 2020, individuals 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 you 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 one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
If the NHS Test and Trace app has notified you to self-isolate, but you have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace by phone, email, letter or text message, you cannot currently apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.
You will be eligible for a £500 discretionary payment if you meet all the other eligibility criteria above, but:
- you do not currently receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit; and
- you are on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while you are self-isolating.
- you are not a student
The Discretionary scheme is cash limited so the qualifying criteria is subject to review. The policy can be found here.
Please note that payments are subject to income tax, but not National Insurance contributions.
The scheme will be available until 31 January 2021.