Covid-19 Test and Trace Support Payments

Discretionary scheme payment

We can no longer accept applications for the Test and Trace Isolation Support scheme.

You must have tested positive after a PCR test or an assisted rapid lateral flow test. You’ll not be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment if you’ve tested positive on a lateral flow test done at home. You must also take a PCR test to confirm you are positive.

If you don't receive benefits you may still be entitled under a special discretionary scheme. You can apply for the discretionary scheme using the same online form.

Eligibility for the discretionary scheme

The discretionary scheme will apply to residents who:

  • have been told to stay home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 between 30 November and 13 December 2021.
  • has to take time off work to care for a child or young person told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or a local public health team has taken measures to reduce transmission, which includes asking classes to self-isolate
  • are employed or self-employed; and
  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
  • have responded to messages from NHS Test and Trace and have provided legally required information, such as details of your close contacts.

In addition, the discretionary payment is for residents who:

  • are not 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; and
  • will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while they are self-isolating.
  • have no recourse to public funds if they meet the rest of the criteria 

If we find that demand on the discretionary scheme is significantly lower or greater than expected the scheme criteria may be altered to improve delivery of the intended outcomes.

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