Test & Trace Support Payment
Ensuring infected individuals and their close contacts isolate is one of our most powerful tools for controlling the spread of coronavirus. Self-isolating helps prevent your family, friends and community from catching the virus, as well as helping to protect the health and care system.
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.
Test and Trace Support Payment
- The government has introduced a new grant to support people in work and on low incomes to self-isolate
- You may be able to claim a £500 payment if you cannot work from home
- This support payment aims to help make up for any lost income you may face due to having to stay at home
Am I eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment?
To be eligible for the £500 support payment, you must meet all of the following:
- Have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you've tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive on or after the 28th September 2020
- You comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate
- You are employed or self-employed
- You are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
- You are currently receiving one of the following:
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
Can I apply if I'm not in receipt of one of the listed benefits?
If you meet all eligibility other than being in receipt of benefits and will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating, you can still apply. Your application will then be considered by a local panel for a discretionary support payment, so please describe any liability for bills, financial difficulties, debt or hardship you face.
What will I need to apply?
- Your 8-character NHS Test and Trace Account ID (from your notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate)
- Your National Insurance Number
- Your bank account details
- A copy of your latest bank account statement (one issued within the last two months) which must show proof of earnings
- If you are employed: proof of your employment and earnings (such as payslips, your contract of employment or confirmation from your employer) and proof of reduction in earnings for your self-isolation period (for example, a letter from your employer)
- If you are self-employed: proof of self-employment. For example, your most recent set of accounts or self-assessment returns and your most recent business bank account statements (within the last two months)
East Lindsey residents can now APPLY ONLINE
Please note: applications cannot be processed without the evidence listed above so ensure it is submitted as requested.
We are currently responding to increased demand for this scheme so there may be a delay in confirmation.
If you cannot apply online or need advice, please call 01507 601111
If you need any further support to stay at home safely, please request help by calling Lincolnshire Coronavirus helpline on 01522 782189