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.

What help is available?

From 28/09/2020, low-income residents can receive a lump sum payment of £500 if:

a) self-isolating after testing positive

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

Please note an application can be made at any time up to 28 days after the first day of self-isolation.  The Council will not accept any applications after this point. 

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 a) they've tested positive for coronavirus or b) have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive

  • 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.
  • Have engaged with Test and Trace to complete the contact tracing journey, the link to do this will be on the text or email received from Test and Trace

Which version of the scheme am I eligible for?

As mentioned above, you must be receiving a qualifying benefit to be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, under the standard scheme.
 

Discretionary Scheme

The Test and Trace Payment Discretionary scheme is open to those that cannot apply under the standard scheme, those that are in employment or self-employed. 

Standard Scheme

For full details of the Standard Scheme, read see:

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

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