Test and Trace Support Payment

About this form

You must have been notified on or before Wednesday 23 February 2022 that you must self-isolate to enable you to make an application.

On 20 September 2020, the Government announced a new national Test and Trace Support scheme which started on 28 September 2020 for certain people who are required by law to self-isolate. If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period. This form is an application for that financial support. For further information please follow the link below:

New package to support and enforce self-isolation (GOV.UK website)

From 8 March 2021, the scheme has been expanded so parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who is self-isolating.

We will not be able to progress your application unless you have provided an 8 character code, beginning with the letter Z. You will also need to fully engage with the NHS and follow the instructions that they provide. If you fail to do this the application will not be successful.

Omicron Variant Update

From 30 November 2021, all close contacts of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant will be required to self-isolate, regardless of any exemptions from self-isolation, such as their age or vaccination status.

This means the following groups may be eligible for help if they meet the criteria:

• people who are fully vaccinated who are identified as a suspected or confirmed contact of someone with the Omicron variant
• people taking part in workplace daily contact testing schemes who are identified as a suspected or confirmed contact of someone with the Omicron variant
• a parent or guardian of a child who is a contact of someone suspected or confirmed to have the Omicron variant.

Contacts of people who are suspected or confirmed to have the Omicron variant will be told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. If you are a contact you will receive written confirmation of the requirement to do so (either by email or text message), and you should submit this as evidence when making an application. Please also state on the application form that you are a contact of a person with the Omicron variant.

Changes from 11 January 2022

From 11 January 2022 in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won't be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

These changes do not apply to people applying for the test and trace support payment scheme. To apply for this you must have a positive PCR test.

How much funding will be provided?

People from 28 September 2020 being required by law to self-isolate, may be entitled to a lump sum payment of £500 to cover their period of isolation. This payment is targeted at people who are employed or self-employed on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income while in isolation as a result.

This form is provided to capture the information required by the council to verify your eligibility for payment of the grant.

Before you start

You will need the following information to complete this form:

• Your 8-digit NHS Test and Trace reference

• A copy of the NHS Test and Trace notification you received. This can be a photo of the letter or email, but it must clearly show the date you received the notification and the Test and Trace ID

• A copy of your latest bank statement (issued in the last two months). This can be a photo but must clearly show proof of earnings

• Proof of self-employment such as a recent business bank statement (issued in the last two months), most recent set of accounts or evidence of self-assessment returns

• Your national insurance number

If you are claiming as a parent or guardian of a child or young person you will not be required to have a Test and Trace account ID for yourself but will also need to provide:

• The name and age of the child who is self-isolating

• That child's education or care setting and year group including an email or phone number for the setting

• And either:

        ◦ the child's eight-digit NHS Test and Trace ID number. This is for parents and guardians of children or young people who have received a notification directly from NHS Test and Trace telling them to self-isolate, or

        ◦ a communication from the child or young person's education or childcare setting confirming that they have to self-isolate. This is for parents and guardians of children or young people who have been told to self-isolate by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or

        ◦ a screenshot of a young person's NHS COVID-19 App notification telling them to self-isolate AND evidence that the young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is for parents or guardians of young people aged 16-25 who have additional support needs and who have been notified to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 App

Please note: If you are self-isolating yourself then please do not claim as being a parent or guardian of a young person who is self-isolating but make a claim in your own right

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