Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
The Government have announced a new financial package to support and enforce self-isolation.
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from the 28 of September you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Who can get the Test and Trace Support Payment?
To get the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must be:
- asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- employed or self-employed
- unable to work from home and will lose income as a result and
- currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
How much is the payment?
You may be supported by a lump sum payment of £500
Will this payment be taxed?
This payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.
How long will this be in place for?
The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.
When did this come into force?
These changes came into effect on 28 September 2020, alongside the legal duty to self-isolate. Individuals who are eligible prior to that date will be able to make a backdated claim.
You will not be eligible for the scheme if you:
- are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive during the 14-day quarantine period)
- continue to receive full wages while you self-isolate
- can work from home during a period of self-isolation
- are no longer required to self-isolate i.e. your period of self-isolation ended before the scheme launched on Monday 28 September
- have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate
Before you apply
To apply, you must provide:
- your personal details
- a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate (this will include a Unique ID number)
- a bank statement (showing the account details where the payment will be made)
- details of benefits you receive
- details of your employment
The purpose of this discretionary scheme is to facilitate awards to those residents who do not meet the criteria for the main award because they are not currently receiving one of the qualifying benefits, and are on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work whilst they are self-isolating.
You must meet the following additional criteria to be eligible:
- have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
- are employed or self-employed;
- are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
- are not currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit;
- have savings of less than £3,000,
- are on a low income (average gross weekly pay of less than £305.20 per week but more than £95.85 per week), and
- will suffer financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while they are self-isolating (reduction in income due to self-isolation of more than 50% of the applicants gross pay).
Applications for the Discretionary Scheme will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and we will work with you in order to maximise your entitlement to a support payment.