Test and Trace self-isolation support payments

You may be entitled to a Test and Trace support payment of £500. The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.

You may be eligible for the support payment if you live in Trafford and have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or identified as a close contact by the NHS COVID-19 app (since 10 December 2020), and providing you satisfy all four of the following requirements:

  1. You comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.
  2. Are employed or self-employed.
  3. Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
  4. Are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
    • Pension Credit

If you are not in receipt of a qualifying benefit you may still be able to claim if your household is on a low income. We will consider making a £500 payment if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been told to stay 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.
  • You are employed or self-employed and are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
  • You have property related costs, e.g. rent / mortgage and are liable for Council Tax (occupied properties only). We may consider applications from those who are not liable for Council Tax where a formal tenancy agreement is in place.
  • You 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; and
  • Your household is on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work whilst you are self-isolating.
  • You have no recourse of public funds, if you meet criteria above.

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 Self-Isolation Payment Scheme launched (28 September 2020)
  • Have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 App telling you to self-isolate.

If you want to find out more about how the NHS COVID-19 App works you can watch this video, alternatively you can contact the national NHS Test and Trace team on 119.

To apply, you will need to complete an application for a Test and Trace Support self-isolation payment.