The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme ended on 24 February 2022 and the deadline for applications is 06 April and so you are no longer able to apply for this scheme.
Anyone who is required to self-isolate on or before 23 February 2022 will have 42 days from the first day of their self-isolation period to apply for a payment from the scheme. Please see eligibility criteria below.
Individuals who stay at home if they test positive for Covid-19 or are displaying symptoms from 24 February 2022, may be eligible for other government support such as Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance. More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits
You may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 under the Main scheme, if at least one of these criteria apply:
- NHS Test and Trace have instructed you to self-isolate because you have tested positive for Covid19
- NHS Test and Trace have instructed you to self-isolate because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid19, and you are not fully vaccinated
- You are the Parent/Guardian of a child under the age of 15 who has been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace as they have tested positive for Covid19
- You are the Parent/Guardian of a young person aged 18-25 who has been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive, who is not fully vaccinated and has an Education, Health and Care Plan
- The young person usually attends an education or care setting
In addition to the above, you meet ALL of these conditions:
- You have provided all legally required information, such as details of close contacts to NHS Test and Trace
- You are employed or self-employed
- You are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- You are in receipt of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and / or Pension Credit.
- You have undertaken a confirmatory PCR test and reported the positive result to NHS Test and Trace
If you are not in receipt of one of the benefits above but you meet all of the other criteria you could qualify for a payment under the Discretionary scheme. You may be eligible if you are on a low income and would suffer hardship as a result of self-isolating.
To check if you would qualify, please complete the online benefits calculator, using the earnings for the month in which you’re losing pay, (so the reduced amount rather than your usual household amount) and include the result with your application.
Before you start
You will need the following information to complete this form:
- A copy of your latest bank statement (one issued within the last two months which must clearly show proof of earnings);
- Proof of self-employment e.g. recent business bank statement (within the last two months), most recent set of accounts or evidence of self-assessment returns;
- Proof of your NHS Account ID for coronavirus COVID-19 or;
- Proof of the Account ID you have received from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate
- Your National Insurance Number
Supporting evidence about the child or young person
- the child’s eight-digit NHS Test and Trace ID number
- a screenshot of a young person’s NHS COVID-19 App notification telling them to self-isolate AND evidence that the young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is for parents or guardians of young people aged 16-25 who have additional support needs and who have been notified to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 App
This payment is designed to support people on low incomes, if you will lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage you to get tested if you have symptoms.
These payments will be subject to income tax but not National Insurance contributions.
You won’t be eligible if your income is lower than normal because you are furloughed.
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Conditions of payment
If you test positive for COVID-19, or are a contact of someone who has, you will receive a message by text or email. This message contains a unique 8 character ID and a link to the NHS Track and Trace questionnaire. You must complete the questionnaire.
You are not eligible for a £500 payment unless you have the 8-digit ID and have completed the questionnaire.
If you receive a Self-Isolation Payment you must self-isolate according to NHS Test and Trace self-isolation requirements.
First right of appropriation
You can tell your bank to not use specific payments made to your account. You can also ask that certain payments made in to your account are used to pay specific bills. This is called 'First Right of Appropriation'. This is your right to tell your bank/building society how money paid into your account is to be used.
You may want to do this if money is due to be paid into your account and the account is overdrawn, or you know that there are bills or other payments due to be paid from it.
You will need to contact your bank in writing and tell them about the specific payments you want to make.
You can download a sample letter to send to your bank from the National Debtline website.
How to Apply
You can apply online for the Test and Trace Support payment.
If you are unable to complete an online form, please telephone Customer Services on 01756 700 600 and someone will complete the form for you.
We are currently experiencing very high volumes of applications and it will take up to 7 working days to process your application. You can help by ensuring all supporting evidence is provided with your application.