COVID Test & Trace Support Payment
From 28 September 2020, you might be able to get a payment of £500 if you need to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you cannot work from home. The scheme is due to end on 31 January 2021.
This payment is available in England and Wales. In Wales it’s called the ‘Self-isolation support scheme’.
If you are employed, you’ll pay tax on the payment if you go over your tax-free personal allowance. Your tax code will change to collect the tax. You will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment. If you’re self-employed you must report the payment on your Self Assessment tax return.
Discretionary Scheme Eligibility
Additional criteria for a discretionary payment
Full time university students
Universities have been given over £250m in addition to their existing hardship funds to help students through the Coronavirus pandemic. If the university is unable to assist financially then students can apply provided, they meet the criteria.
Test & Trace Process
Third Party Applications
Applicants can apply on behalf of someone else; however, the £500 must be paid into a bank account in the name of the person for whom the application is being made. For example, if someone applied on behalf of a parent, the payment would be made into the parent’s bank account.