Test and Trace Support Payments
Apply for Test and Trace Self Isolation Payment
North Warwickshire Borough Council will be providing Self Isolation Payment support to local residents who need financial assistance due to having to self-isolate because of Coronavirus.
The UK government announced there is now 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 of someone who has done so.
As this new legal duty may impact your ability to work and earn a living, the government has introduced a grant scheme, which will run until 31 January 2021.
People who have received notification from NHS Test, Track and Trace from 28 September 2020 with a unique 8-digit identifier number and are eligible under the scheme criteria will receive a payment of:
£500 if they have tested positive for coronavirus and must self-isolate for 10 days (from the point they first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they do not have symptoms), or if a member of their household has tested positive for coronavirus and they are told to self-isolate for 14 days (from the point the other household member first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they did not have symptoms)
The criteria that individuals must comply with to be able to receive this payment, as set by the government is as follows:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- 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
For full details please see the North Warwickshire Borough Council Test and Trace Standard Scheme Policy
People who meet all the of the above criteria except for being in receipt of a qualifying benefit may be entitled to a payment under the Council's Discretionary Scheme.
The criteria that individuals must comply with to be able to receive this discretionary payment, as set by the Council are as follows:
- An applicant's gross earnings are no greater than £300 per week
- An applicant's gross earnings are no less than £80 per week
- The applicant has been employed for 4 weeks or more at the point isolation began
- An applicant must not posses capital of £3,000 or more
- University students and those in higher education are excluded from applying.
For full details please see the North Warwickshire Borough Council Test and Trace Discretionary Scheme Policy
Safeguarding Test and Trace Support Payment
Banks are not allowed to use the test and trace support payment to reduce authorised or unauthorised overdrafts. In order to protect the payment from being used in this way, using what is known as 'first right of appropriation', you must contact your bank with a new instruction. For further guidance on this and to see a sample letter of appropriation letter to you bank please see our guidance on right of appropriation.
More information regarding the scheme is available on the GOV.UK website.
Last updated Monday, 12th October 2020