People on low incomes who have had to self-isolate and have been unable to work due to Coronavirus may be eligible for a £500 payment
The Government has introduced a Test and Trace Support Payment scheme to support people on low incomes if they can't work during their self-isolation period. This may be because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
As part of the scheme, eligible people will receive a £500 lump sum payment.
Self-isolating is very important as it helps prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus. It also protects the health and care system.
This scheme will run until 31 January 2021.
More information is available on the gov.uk website.
You are eligible for the Test and Trace Support payment if you:
Individuals who are required to self-isolate and who meet the eligibility criteria will be entitled to £500. This will be payable as a lump sum.
Payments are subject to income tax but not National Insurance contributions.
You are entitled to the payment if you meet the eligibility criteria and have been asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020.
When completing your application form you will need to submit the following evidence:
Local residents required to self isolate but who do not fulfil all the requirements of the Track and Trace payment scheme may be able to get other support.
Local authorities can make a £500 discretionary payment to individuals who:
In addition, the discretionary payment is for people:
For both the Test and Trace Support Payment and discretionary payments, eligible individuals will receive their £500 payment on top of any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) that they currently receive.
If an individual is not successful for either the Track and Trace Support Payment or the Discretionary fund there is no right of appeal
If you don't meet the eligibility criteria, there may be other discretionary hardship funds that could help you. Please call our Coronavirus Community Hub on 01354 654321 for more information.