Coronavirus : Self-isolation payments

On 20 September, the Government announced a new national Test and Trace Support scheme which will commence on 28 September 2020

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020

Those people who have received notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate may be entitled to a self-isolation payment provided that they satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • they comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate; 
  • are employed or self-employed;
  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
  • are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit 
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Housing Benefit 
    • Income Support 
    • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
    • Pension Credit

You will not be eligible for the scheme if you:         

  • Are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive during the 14-day quarantine period).
  • Continue to receive full wages while you self-isolate.
  • Can work from home during a period of self-isolation.
  • Were required to self-isolate before the Self-Isolation Payment Scheme launched (28 September 2020), even if the period continues after 28 September 2020
  • Have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.

More information about this scheme will be made available in the coming days including the introduction of a discretionary scheme to support those experiencing financial hardship and not eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment.


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