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Test and trace support payment scheme

About the scheme

The new self-isolation law

We are all working hard to keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 by covering our faces, keeping our distance, washing our hands and national guidance.

From 28 September 2020, to further stop the spread, all of us will be required by law to self-isolate if we test positive for COVID-19, or if we are identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

What will happen if I don't self-isolate?

If you do not self-isolate, there is a fine of £1,000 for breaching self-isolation rules, but this could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and serious breaches, including if you prevent others from self-isolating (for example, if you own a business and threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not go to work).

Test and trace isolation support payment scheme

To support residents whose earnings are significantly reduced by staying at home and isolating for 14 days, the government has set up the test and trace support payment scheme. Where eligible, residents can apply to their council for a test and trace isolation support payment of £500 for the period of isolation.

The scheme launches on 28 September, and goes live on Monday 12 October 2020. Eligible residents who start to self-isolate from 28 September will be able to apply from 12 October. 

Am I eligible for a test and trace support payment?

If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be eligible to apply for a test and trace support payment.

To be eligible for the scheme, you must be a Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council resident and meet all four of the following criteria:

  1. You must have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and have been given a test and trace number
  2. You must be employed or self-employed.
  3. You must be unable to work from home and have a significant loss of income as a result of having to stay at home and self-isolate
  4. You must be 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

Who is not eligible?

You will not be eligible for the scheme if you:

  • Are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive during the 14-day quarantine period)
  • Continue to receive full wages while you self-isolate
  • Can work from home during a period of self-isolation
  • Are no longer required to self-isolate, that is, your period of self-isolation ended before the self-isolation payment scheme launched (28 September 2020)
  • Have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate

Discretionary support payments

The council has been given a small amount of discretionary funding to support people who do not meet the government’s eligibility criteria.

In order to be considered for a discretionary payment a claimant must be on a low income, facing severe financial hardship and meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council resident
  • Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve 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
  • Have not received a payment under the scheme for their current period of self-isolation

Additionally in considering whether a discretionary support payment should be made, the claimant must also meet the following criteria:

  • They are not currently in receipt of universal credit, working tax credit, employment and support allowance (income based), job seekers allowance (income based), income support, housing benefit and/or pension credit
  • Will face severe demonstrable financial hardship, as a direct result of not being able to work whilst self-isolating and unable to pay essential bills
  • Will usually have maximum earnings of no more than £250 gross per week (with a lower limit of £80 and would normally work 16 hours a week)
    (*Please note that the full household expenditure will be taken into account when assessing any applications)
  • Have savings below £1,000
  • The discretionary scheme is not open to University students, those in Higher Education together with non dependants in a household that don’t have a rent/mortgage liability/council tax liability
  • Applicants who usually have no recourse to public funds may be considered, providing they meet all of the above discretionary criteria

Please be aware that there is very limited funding for this scheme and applications will have to be dealt with on a first come basis. Accordingly we have to reserve the right to alter or amend the scheme dependent upon demand and to withdraw the discretionary scheme when the funding for the discretionary scheme is exhausted.

How can I apply?

As you will most likely be self-isolating it is very important that you apply for a self-isolation payment online, however, if you do not have access to smartphone/computer/internet then in exceptional circumstances only an application can be made over the telephone. 

Enquiries

Please call 01455 638181

Last updated: ‎12/10/2020 09:29