From 28 September 2020, individuals will be required by law to self-isolate if:

  • they test positive for COVID-19, or
  • they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive by the NHS Test & Trace scheme.

To support people on low incomes the government has set up the Test & Trace Support Payment Scheme .

These payments are designed to help people who have tested positive for COVID-19. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and social restrictions.

How to apply

Applications should be made online within 14 days of receiving a notification from NHS Test & Trace. You will be asked to upload evidence to support your application.

Apply for test and trace self isolation payments

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for a standard £500 Test & Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who meet all of the following:

  • Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
  • Are employed or self-employed;
  • Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
  • Are currently receiving one of the following benefits:
    • Universal credit
    • Working tax credit
    • Income based employment and support allowance
    • Income based job seekers allowance
    • Income support
    • Housing benefit 
    • Pension credit

Individuals not in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits may apply for a payment under the Discretionary scheme. These individuals will need to demonstrate that they are on a low income and will suffer financial hardship as a result of having to self-isolate.

Who is not eligible?

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