Test and Trace Support Payment
£500 payment scheme for people who must self-isolate
Test and trace support payments are part of a new legal duty for people to self-isolate, which came into force on 28 September, and ensures that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worrying about their finances. Government has asked local authorities to administer the payments.
To be eligible for the £500 lump-sum test and trace support payment, you must meet the following criteria:
- have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they’ve tested positive or are the close contact of a positive case
- are employed or self-employed
- are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
- are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
Please note – You can apply if you meet the above criteria but are waiting for a benefits decision or the outcome of a benefits appeal; or would normally have received universal credit or working tax credit but the previous months income assessment was higher than usual.
You will need to provide the following
- National Insurance number
- a notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate (this will include a Unique ID number)
- a recent bank statement
- proof of employment, or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
Please apply online at https://newcastle.gov.uk/TestandTraceSupportPayments
If you were instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace from 28 September and meet the above criteria, you can receive back-dated payments by completing the form.
Once your application has been verified, payments will be made directly into your bank account within three working days.
If you are unable to complete an online application form please call 0191 278 7878, ask for Crisis Support and select option 2.
The scheme is set to be in place until 31 January 2021.
Advice and support
If you are self-isolating and need support or information, please visit our CityLife Line page: www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline
More information can be found on the Council Covid-19 page: www.newcastle.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you are on a low income and would like some information about the help and support available please visit Newcastle City Council Benefits page: www.newcastle.gov.uk/benefits
You can also get independent financial advice from:
Did you know?
You can apply for test and trace support payment if you meet the criteria but are waiting for a benefits decision or the outcome of a benefits appeal; or would normally have received universal credit or working tax credit but the previous months income assessment was higher than usual. Please complete the form on this page.