Test and Trace self-isolation support payments
From 28 September 2020, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment of £500. The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.
You are eligible if you live in Trafford and have received notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate providing you satisfy all four of the following requirements:
- You comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate;
- are employed or self-employed;
- are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
- 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. Trafford Council 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 telling you to self-isolate.
To apply, you will need to complete an application for a Test and Trace Support self-isolation payment.