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Test and Trace support payments

If you are working and on a low income, you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 if NHS Test & Trace has told you to self-isolate.

To qualify for the payment, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace on or after 28 September 2020
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result of having to self-isolate.
  • You receive one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit

If you meet all the other criteria above but do not currently receive one of the benefits, you may still qualify for a payment. To be considered you will need to meet all of these additional criteria:

  • You must be aged 18 or older
  • Your normal gross earnings must be no more than £300 a week and no less than £80 a week
  • Your capital (savings) must be less than £3,000
  • You must demonstrate that you will suffer financial hardship by having to self isolate

The Test and Trace Support Payments scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

If you are not able to gain access to this payment as your bank or building society account is overdrawn, you can apply for protection though a first right of appropriation of funds order.

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment

Before you apply, please make sure you have the following information to hand:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your eight character NHS Test and Trace Account ID
  • A recent pay slip or proof of self-employment
  • A recent bank statement in your name

People in the same household can each make an individual application to receive the payment, if they each meet the eligibility criteria.

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment

Further information

Test & Trace support payments - standard scheme policy

Test & Trace support payment - discretionary policy

NHS Test & Trace payments overview



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