Update - The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme has been extended until 31 March 2022.
Those who test positive for COVID-19, or have been identified by NHS Test and Trace because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, will be required to self-isolate. Self-isolation is critical in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Test and Trace support payments of £500 are available to help ensure that people on low incomes can self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact.
You must have been advised to isolate on or after the 28 September 2020 in order to be eligible for the payment. You can download our Privacy Notice here (PDF, 450Kb).
As of 16 August 2021, fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 years and 6 months will no longer be required to isolate if they are identified as a contact of a positive case. Therefore they will no longer be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment.
A new test and trace support payment for parents or guardians of a child or young person told to self-isolate is also available. If the parent or guardian does not legally have to self-isolate themselves but has to take time off work, they may be able to apply from 8 March 2021.