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A8.103 Test and trace support payment scheme

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A8.103 Test and trace support payment scheme

A8.103 Test and trace support payment scheme

What is the test and trace support payment scheme?

The Government introduced a payment of £500 to individuals—whether employed or self-employed—where those individuals have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service on low incomes who will lose income due to being unable to work. Guidance is available on the GOV.UK website .

Eligibility for the payment

To be eligible for the payment, an individual must be:

  1.  

    •     asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020 either as a result of testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive

  2.  

    •     on a low income

  3.  

    •     unable to work from home and will lose income as a result

  4.  

    •     live in England (see 'Self-isolation support payments—Scotland and Wales' below)

  5.  

    •     eligible for public funds

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