The government has announced that a support payment is available for those suffering financial hardship as a result of self-isolation due to a positive coronavirus test or being in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

From 28 September 2020, you will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if you:

  • have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you 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

  • are 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 

    • Pension Credit.

How do I apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment?

You can apply for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment by filling out the application form below:

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

Before you apply please familiarise yourself with the criteria for applicants to ensure that you are eligible and double-check that you have everything that you need to apply - you can find this listed below.

We have compiled some FAQs [PDF, 0.2MB] to help you through the process of applying.

What information will you need from me?

You will need the following information to complete the application form:

  • your 8-digit Test and Trace ID number 

  • National Insurance number 

  • proof of receipt of one of the qualifying benefits

  • most recent bank statement and

  • proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.

Please be prepared and gather the required information before starting the application form.

Please do not lose your Test and Trace self-isolation proof notification.

The scheme will run until Sunday 31 January 2021.