If you are unable to work while you are self-isolating because you cannot work from home, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment.

To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
  • be employed or self-employed;
  • be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;
  • be 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.

If you are eligible you will receive one payment of £500. 

If you fulfil all the criteria but you do not receive a qualifying benefit (as per the list above), you may still be eligible under our discretionary scheme. Please check our policy before making an application.

The scheme began on 28 September 2020 when it became illegal to not self isolate if you have tested positive for coronavirus or been identified by NHS Test and Trace.

You can find out more in our privacy notice for the self-isolation payment scheme.