Are you eligible for a Test and Trace support payment?

Are you eligible for a Test and Trace support payment?

Are you eligible for a Test and Trace support payment?

 Published: 02-Oct-2020

From 28 September, if you receive a positive Covid-19 test result or are told by the NHS to self-isolate because of close contact with someone who has Covid-19, you may be eligible to receive a £500 lump sum.

To be eligible for the new Test and Trace Support Payment, you must:

  • Have been told to 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;
  • Be employed or self-employed;
  • Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;
  • Must 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.

If you qualify and meet the criteria you will be entitled to a £500 lump sum payable into your bank account. These payments will be subject to income tax but not National Insurance contributions.

Government guidance states the payments will only be eligible for positive diagnosis from 28 September until the scheme ends on 31 January 2021. Eligible people will be able to claim for each period of self-isolation.

To apply, you must provide:

  • A notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate (this will include a unique ID number);
  • A bank statement showing the account details where the payment will be made;
  • 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 to apply

An online application form will be available on from 12 October 2020.

Backdating payment

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace since 28 September and have been told to self-isolate and you meet the above eligibility criteria you will qualify for a backdated payment.

More information regarding the scheme is available on the GOV.UK website.

 Last updated: 09-Apr-2021

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