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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 14 days, the Government have set up the new Test and Trace Payment scheme. Under the scheme, you could be eligible for a payment of £500 if you cannot work and have to stay at home.
 

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 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 and self-isolation will cause you hardship you may still be entitled to help under a discretionary scheme. Details of this scheme will be published when we have them.
 

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

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

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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