To be eligible for the Test and Trace support payment you must meet all the following criteria:
- you are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
- you are employed or self-employed.
- you cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result.
- you meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment.
And your child or young person:
- is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
- has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- The child or young person must have been told to self-isolate on or after 8 March 2021.
- Applications can be backdated to this point and the parent or guardian will be eligible for the payment if they meet all the other eligibility criteria (for the main scheme or the discretionary scheme).
- You should apply within 42 days from the date of your child’s or young person’s self-isolation
The payment will be made in one lump sum and will be subject to Income Tax.
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