The Test and Trace Support Payment has been introduced in response to feedback from local authorities and directors of public health that some of their residents were struggling to self-isolate as directed due to financial constraints. It is to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. This will help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further social and economic restrictions, including local lockdowns.
From 28 September the UK government has announced that there will be a new legal duty on all UK residents to self isolate, if they;
- test positive for COVID-19, or;
- are identified by the NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, to self-isolate.
The Test & Trace Support Scheme The scheme came into force on 28 September 2020 and will run until 31 January 2021. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below and is asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020 will be entitled to the Support payment of £500.
Please note: The scheme will not apply if you were told to self- isolate before 28 September 2020
What is the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must fit all of the following eligibility criteria:
- be a resident of the East Riding of Yorkshire;
- have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
- be employed or self-employed;
- be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;
- be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment & Support Allowance, income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
You must make a claim within 14 days of the last day of your self-isolation.
How much is the payment and how do I receive it?
If you are eligible, you will receive a £500 payment via BACS transfer. The payment must be paid into a bank account of the individual who has been told to self- isolate and cannot be paid into a third party account.
Please note: This payment is subject to tax. However, you will not be taxed at the point of payment and will be contacted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at a later date.
How do I apply for the payment?
In order to apply for the Test & Trace Self Isolation Support payment, please complete our online form below:
Please note: Our online application form will be available on 29 September 2020.
If you are unable to make a claim online, please contact us on 01482 394799.
When will I receive my Test & Trace Support Payment
If your application is successful following receipt of all supporting evidence, your support payment will be made to you within three days into your nominated bank account.
Can my bank take the Test & Trace Support Payment to pay my overdraft?
No - Banks can not use your support payment to repay an overdraft.
You will need to contact your bank to protect your payment. This protection is called a 'First Right of Appropriation of Funds Order'.
How will you use and share my data?
Information collected during the application process will be used to assess an applicants’ claim. Information will be cross matched with other data held by the council and third-party agencies e.g. DWP, HMRC for verification purposes.
In assessing a claim, it may be appropriate to make referrals within the council or to external agencies to provide advice or support.
The council may also share data with both internal and external organisations for the purposes of validating any applications or support you may make or have made for other council services such as housing applications, school placements, homeless applications, Homes & Money Hub, Job Brokers & Right to Buy applications. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
Subject to a legal gateway, your information may also be shared for the prevention of fraud and criminal activity with (list not exhaustive):
- the police
- Immigration Service, Absconder Services and/or UK Border Agency
- health and social care organisations
- other local authorities
Is there anything else I can claim if my income has been affected?
If your income has been affected by Coronavirus, you may also be entitled to help through our Emergency Assistance Scheme.