New £500 Test and Trace Support payment to be introduced in England for workers on low incomes who are required to self-isolate

Tuesday 22 September 2020

The government has announced a new payment for people in England who are required to self-isolate, who are unable to work from home during their period of self-isolation and who lose money as a result.

According to government guidance, in order to be eligible for this new £500 payment:

  • You must have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace Service.
  • You must either be employed or self-employed.
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result.
  • You have claimed at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

The new payment will be administered by local authorities and will apply to those who start to self-isolate from 28 September 2020 onwards. Local authority schemes may not start making payments until 12 October, but those who start to self-isolate from 28 September can get payments backdated.

Further detailed information on the scheme is expected soon.

Read more about financial support during the coronavirus pandemic.