Test and Trace support payment

You can now receive a payment of £500 from the Government to help with any lost income because of the pandemic and having to self-isolate. From 28 September, people are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace.

To ensure that people on lower incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances, if you are in receipt of benefits you will be eligible for a new Test and Trace support payment of £500.

You will be able to apply for the new support payment if you currently receive:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit

Local authorities are working to set up these self-isolation support schemes. Those who start to self-isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments once the scheme is set up in their local authority.

For more information, please contact your local authority.