COVID-19 vaccination programme tells you who is eligible and how to get vaccinated.
What this payment is
It is a £500 taxable payment for people facing a reduction in income because they cannot work while self-isolating. It is not for people whose income is lower than normal because they are furloughed.
The scheme will end on 31 March 2022.
To claim you must be:
- working or self-employed; and
- unable to work from home so have suffered a loss in your income; and
- receiving one of these benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-Related Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit
If you do not receive one of these benefits, but meet the rest of the above criteria you could still qualify for this payment if:
- you are on a low income and will face financial hardship because of not being able to work while you are self-isolating; and
- your gross weekly income is £700 or less
When you should apply
You must make an application within 42 days after the first day of your period of self-isolation.
You may be entitled to a payment of £500 if you:
- have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app because you have tested positive for COVID-19; or
- are aged 18 years and 6 months or over and have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app because you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, and you are not fully vaccinated; or
- are a parent or guardian of a child or young person who has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, the NHS COVID-19 app or their education or care setting. The child must be:
- aged 15 or under and have tested positive for COVID-19; or
- aged 25 or under with an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan and have tested positive for COVID-19; or
- aged between 18 years and 6 months to 25 years old, not fully vaccinated and have an EHC Plan and have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- self-isolating because there was an outbreak at their education or childcare setting, and they have been sent home by their local public health team
If you are claiming because you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you:
- must have received an Account ID Number from NHS Test and Trace; and
- must 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
- can claim more than once, provided your periods of self-isolation do not overlap
If you are claiming because you are a parent or guardian taking time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating, they must:
- normally attend an education or childcare setting
- have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, the NHS COVID-19 app or their education or care setting
Parents or guardians can:
- make one application per parent or guardian for the child or young person's self-isolation period
- claim more than once, provided their child or young person's self-isolation periods do not overlap (this applies regardless of whether the parent or guardian is claiming twice for the same child, or for two different children)
We will check your application with the child or young person's education or care setting.
How to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
Fill in our simple online form.
Clock Completing this form takes around 10 minutes
Paperclip You must provide the following:
- A recent bank statement
- Recent wage slips and employer's details if you are employed
- Proof of self-employment if you are self-employed
- Proof that you cannot work from home (this can be provided at a later date)
- Proof that you have suffered/will suffer a loss in your income (we cannot process your application without this, but this can be provided at a later date)
- Proof that a child or young person has been told to self-isolate, for example a letter from the school (if you are claiming as a parent/guardian)
- Proof of/Proof applied for Education, Health and Care plan (if you are claiming as a parent/guardian of a young person aged 16 to 25)
After you've applied
If there is any further information we require to process your application, we will contact you.
After we have received all the information we need, we will verify your claim and if you are eligible, we will pay the Test and Trace Support Payment into your bank account electronically within 7 working days.