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NHS Test and Trace Support Payment

Qualifying Harrow residents can claim a one-off payment if required to self-isolate because of Covid. In most cases the amount payable is £500.

This scheme is primarily designed to support residents on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating but a payment can also be made under other circumstances.

In all cases, applicants must earn less than £30,000 a year and have savings of less than £16,000.

A rule change on 16 August means that the following people are longer required to automatically self-isolate:

  • Close contacts of an infected person that have had both vaccination jabs and do not have Covid symptoms.
  • Close contacts of an infected person under the age of 18 years and 6 months without Covid symptoms. This applies regardless of their vaccination status.

All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm their condition. People in the above groups will only be required to self-isolate if their test is positive. 

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

You must submit your application within 42 days from the first day of self-isolation. You cannot claim for a period of self-isolation starting before 24th May 2021.

A rule change on 16 August means that 16 to 18-year-olds identified as a close contact of an infected person are no longer required to self-isolate.

The grant payment for these young people can now only be paid for periods of self-isolation before this date.

Apply for a support payment if you are aged 16-18 in full time education

Apply for a support payment in all other circumstances

 

'All other circumstances' includes:

  • 16-18 year olds in work
  • the self-employed
  • unemployed
  • parents caring for self-isolating parents.

For information on how we will process your data please see the Privacy notice for the Test and Trace Payments.

Whatever your circumstances, if you are on a low income you are likely to qualify for a support payment. This payment can also be made to people without recourse to public funds.

Due to the high number of applications received, please allow up to 20 working days from when the last piece of supporting information was submitted for a decision to be made.

On a low income and unable to work while self-isolating

You will qualify for a payment of £500 if you’re unable to work while self-isolating and

  • Are in receipt of one of these benefits - Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit
  • Or, earn less than £30,000 per year and have less than £16,000 in savings. This criteria applies to both people in paid employment and the self-employed.

Self-isolating and unemployed

A payment of £500 can be made if you’re required to self-isolate, are unemployed and have income of less than £30,000 per year and have less than £16,000 in savings.

Payments to unemployed people are offered as an incentive to ensure self-isolation is observed.

Self-isolating and aged 16 to 18

If you’re required to self-isolate and are aged 16 to 18 you will qualify for a payment of £300 if you have income of less than £30,000 per year and have less than £16,000 in savings.

This payment is offered as an incentive to ensure self-isolation is observed. This payment is intended for young people in education.

Young people in employment can claim £500 if they meet the income criteria.

Caring for a child that is self-isolating

If you have to stay at home to care for a child who is required to self-isolate, you will qualify for a payment of £500 if your income is less than £30,000 and have savings of less than £16,000. This will apply whether you are employed, self-employed or unemployed.

You will qualify for the payment even if you are able to continue working while at home. Your child will receive a book token for £25.

The circumstances of your partner will not be assessed.

Evidence required

As part of your application you may be asked to submit evidence showing the benefits you receive, your income or savings.

You will also have to supply your NHS Test and Trace ID number.

If you test positive using a rapid lateral flow test, you should book a follow up PCR test – you will only receive the evidence from NHS Test and Trace you need to claim if this test is also positive.

Further information about the evidence you will need to submit can be found on the application form.

Payment

Payments are for £500 or £300.

Your payment may be subject to income tax. For more information on how the payment might affect the tax you pay, Statutory Sick Pay or benefits you currently receive, see Test and Trace Payment Advice.

All payments are made directly to a bank account in the name of the applicant.  If that account is overdrawn, you may wish to contact the bank to discuss ‘first right of appropriation’.

This means that you may be able to access this money even if you are overdrawn.  You should advise the council that you are going to do this before the payment is issued.