Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment
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.
This payment is available in England and Wales. In Wales it’s called the ‘Self-isolation support scheme’.
If you’re 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.
You can get the payment if all of the following apply:
you’re self-isolating because you tested positive for coronavirus, or because you were told to by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
you’re employed or self-employed and unable to work from home
you’re on a low income - for example if you get certain benefits
Your council website will tell you what counts as being on a low income.
You cannot get the payment if you’re self-isolating because you came to the UK from abroad.
Apply through your council
Go to your local council's website to apply.