Test and Trace Support Payments
If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a one-off £500 support payment if you can't work from home and will lose income.
This payment is subject to income tax, although you won't be expected to file a tax return for it. It won't affect your National Insurance contributions or any benefits you already receive.
Who is eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment?
The funding is available to people who are on low income and have been told to self-isolate from 28 September 2020.
To be eligible for a payment you must:
- have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- not be furloughed
- be currently receiving at least one of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
We will make the necessary checks to confirm your eligibility. This may include further checks after payment has been made, such as contacting your employer.
You can apply for a discretionary payment if you have an ongoing benefits appeal or you applied for a qualifying benefit before you were told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and you meet all the other criteria.
How to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
You can apply for a support payment online. If you're on a laptop, we recommend using the Chrome web browser.
You will be able to backdate applications to Monday 28 September.
What you will need to apply
- Your 8-character NHS Test and Trace ID you received when told to self-isolate
- Your National Insurance number
- A copy of the bank statement from within the last 2 months for the bank account you would like the grant paid into (the account must be in the applicant’s name)
- If you are self-employed, proof of self-employment such as your latest business bank statement (issued within the last two months), latest set of accounts, or evidence of self-assessment returns
Can I help someone else apply, or apply on their behalf?
Yes, but you cannot receive payments on behalf of someone else. Payments will be made directly to the person who has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
How to keep the payment in your account for essentials
If you are currently in your overdraft or have bills to pay, you may be worried that the Test and Trace payment will automatically be used to pay for those. You can tell your bank that you need to keep the payment for food and essentials - this is called your first right of appropriation.
To do this, write to your bank and let them know that the deposit due to be made from Croydon Council is to be used to cover essential bills or for house keeping costs such as food.
Applying more than once
You can apply more than once, as long as it's for separate periods of isolation and you meet the criteria each time you apply.