National Lockdown restrictions changed on Monday 12 April

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

You may be entitled to a payment of £500 if you:

  • have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace; or
  • are a parent or guardian who needs to take time off work to look after a child or young person who has been told by their education or care setting to self-isolate as they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

This is a 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.

You can make a claim up to 42 days after the first day of your period of self-isolation

You must be:

  • working or self-employed
  • unable to work from home so have suffered a loss in your income
  • 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 the 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 pay is £10 per hour or less; and
  • you have less than £16,000 in savings

If you are claiming because you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you must also have:

  • begun your period of isolation on or after Monday 28 September 2020
  • received an Account ID Number from NHS Test and Trace
  • 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

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:

  • have started their period of isolation on or after Monday 8 March 2021
  • normally attend an education or childcare setting
  • have been told by their education or care setting to self-isolate as they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • be aged 15 or under; or be aged 16 to 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan

Parents and guardians can:

  • make one application 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 a loss in your income (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 Education and Health Care Plan (if you are claiming as a parent/guardian of a young person aged 16 to 25)
Apply for support

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 support payment into your bank account electronically within 7 working days.

If you are suffering financial hardship

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