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Coronavirus: financial support for residents

Read about how we and the government can help to support you financially through the coronavirus pandemic.

Published on: 16 January 2021

Last updated: 26 March 2021

Test and Trace Support Payment

From 28 September 2020, a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 is potentially available if you are self-isolating because of COVID-19 and you are either employed or self-employed. The payment is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and lose income as a result.

If you have been told to self-isolate from the 28 September, you may be entitled to a back payment so long as your period of self-isolation began on or after this date.

As of 22 March, parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now also able to apply, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Find out if you're eligible and how to apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment