Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self isolation payment

The government recently announced the new payment aimed at helping make up for any lost income people face due to having to stay at home and self-isolate.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

You will be eligible if you meet all the following criteria:

  • you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • you are employed or self-employed
  • you cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • you are claiming at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit

You will not be eligible if: you have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate; you continue to receive your full wages or have been furloughed; you can work from home during a period of self-isolation; your period of self-isolation started before the scheme launched on 28 September; or you are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive).

This financial support is a result of the government placing a legal requirement on people to self-isolate when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace and introduces tougher fines for breaking the rules.

How to apply

If you meet the above criteria please complete the Peterborough self-isolation payment form.

Please ensure you have the following evidence:

  • NHS Test and Trace ID number
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • A copy of your latest bank statement (one issued within the last two months which must clearly show proof of earnings)
  • Proof of self-employment e.g. recent business bank statement (within the last two months), most recent set of accounts or evidence of self-assessment returns

Anyone told to self-isolate from 28 September 2020 will receive backdated payments. The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

Agreed payments will be sent within 3 working days and is subject to income tax but will not effect any Universal Credit or other benefit payments you may currently be receiving.

Applications are for one person only and any further applications within the same household must be made by each individual. Separate self-isolation payment claims can be made for each period of self-isolation.

Additional Support

If you are not eligible for the Test and Trace support payment, non-financial help is still available. Please contact the Peterborough Hub on 01733 747474 and they will work with you to ensure you have the support you need to self-isolate safely.

In certain cases you may be able to apply for a £500 discretionary payment if you meet all the other eligibility criteria above, but:

  • you do not currently receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit; and
  • you will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while you are self-isolating.

You may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer for every day of work you miss because of coronavirus. You can check if you are eligible for SSP online on the gov.uk website.

For more information the COVID-19 Helpline will be able to direct you to various services which may be able to assist you. You can contact the COVID-19 Helpline at 0207 473 9711 (1-7pm, 7 days a week) or email covidhelp@community-links.org.

To self-isolate is now a legal requirement

You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result.

If you test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of £1000 or more.