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Grant funding is available to employed or self-employed people on low incomes who have been asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by the relevant authority and cannot work from home and will suffer financial consequences as a result. Individuals who qualify for assistance will receive a lump sum payment of £500 for the duration of their self-isolation.

The payments are administered across the UK as follows:

Employee grants

Self-employed grants

Overview

The payment scheme opened on 1 September 2020 in England and initially only applied in specific areas subject to local lockdown starting, on a trial basis, with Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham.

It applied to people who:

Eligible individuals received £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation.

Those eligible to receive a payment will need to provide:

From 28 September 2020, a test and trace support payment was extended to all regions in England with payments of £500 being available to those who qualified.

You or the partner you live with must get one of the following benefits:

You must have given NHS Test and Trace the information they’ve asked for, and have a Test and Trace account ID.

How to apply

See Apply for a Test and Trace payment

Small print

Policy paper: Exemption from Class 2 and 4 NICs exemptions for Track and Trace payments

Useful guides on this topic

COVID-19 Grant Funding summary
What cash grants are available to support businesses during the Cornonavirus crisis? An index with links and summaries.

COVID-19: Government Support tracker
This tracker covers measures announced by the government to support individuals and businesses, as we get through COVID-19.


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