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Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme


From 28 September 2020, there is a legal duty to self-isolate if you have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This could be because you have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during self-isolation.

To support people on a low income whose earnings are affected by the need to self-isolate for 10 days, the Government have set up a Test and Trace Payment scheme.
 

Who is eligible?

People in Tameside may be eligible if all of the following apply:
 
  • You have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • You have responded to messages received from NHS Test and Trace (which will have been received via a combination of email, text, letter or phone call) in which you provided your contact details and where you have tested positive, the details of your contacts
  • 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 Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit

If you are not receiving one of these benefits but are on a low income either now or for the self-isolation period, have property related costs and self-isolation will cause you exceptional financial hardship, you may still be entitled under a special discretionary scheme. You can apply for the discretionary scheme using the same online form. You must provide proof of your property related costs eg. rent/mortgage when applying and proof of your partners income (if applicable) as you will be assessed on your joint household income.
 

Who is not eligible?

People in Tameside will not be eligible if:
 
  • You are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you tested positive during the 14 day quarantine period)
  • You continue to receive full wages or self-employed income whilst you self-isolate
  • You can work from home during the period of self-isolation
  • You are no longer required to self-isolate i.e. Your period of self-isolation ends before the scheme launches on 28 September 2020
  • You have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate


How to apply

Eligible individuals can make a claim up to 28 days after the first day of the individual’s period of self-isolation (updated January 2021). Local Authorities should not accept applications after this point.
Test and Trace Application form 

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works for more information about NHS Test and Trace.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme
 
 
 
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