If you have been told by NHS Test and Trace 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 entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – A Track and Trace notification is not the same as an NHS self-isolation note. A Track and Track notification to self-isolate will have an 8 digit reference number. If you have a self-isolation note this will contain 16 digits.
In order to be considered for a Track and Trace Support payment you MUST provide a Track and Trace notification 8 digit reference number.
You do not qualify for the payment if you have a self-isolation note and not a Track and Trace notification.
Who is eligible?
People who live in North East Derbyshire and have received notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate will be entitled to a £500 support payment if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You comply with the NHS Test and Trace notification to self-isolate;
- You are employed or self-employed;
- You are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
- You are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
If you are not receiving one of the above benefits but are on a low income and self-isolation will cause you hardship, or you do not currently have Recourse to Public Funds, you may still be entitled under a special discretionary scheme.
Please note that a Test and Trace Support Payment is taxable.
Who is not eligible?
You will not be eligible for this 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 i.e. your period of self-isolation ended before the scheme was launched on 28th September 2020;
- Have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.
Before you start
You will need the following information to complete this form:
- Your 8-digit NHS Test and Trace reference;
- A copy of the NHS Test and Trace notification you received. This can be a photo of the letter or email, but it must clearly show the date you received the notification and the Test and Trace ID;
- A copy of your latest bank statement (issued in the last two months). This can be a photo but must clearly show proof of earnings;
- Proof of self-employment such as a recent business bank statement (issued in the last two months), most recent set of accounts or evidence of self-assessment returns;
- Your National Insurance number.
We will not be able to consider your application until you have provided all the information and evidence that we require to make a decision.
How to apply
You can make an application online by completing this form.
If you are unable to complete the form online you can contact our Revenues Customer Services Team on 01246 217600 and they will assist you.
What happens next?
The Government is supporting local councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.
We will review your application and carry out the necessary checks with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for verification purposes, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), for tax purposes, and NHS Test and Trace to confirm your self-isolation status.
If we are able to verify your entitlement we will contact you to confirm when you will receive your payment.