Since 28 September 2020, the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme has supported people on low incomes who are unable to work from home and will lose income if they are required to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period, and to encourage individuals who have symptoms to get tested.

This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions.

The scheme ends on 31 March 2022.

Support payment

If you need to self-isolate, and meet the eligibility criteria, you may get £500. You will be paid this as a lump sum.

The payment is taxable if you are a taxpayer. It is not subject to National Insurance contributions. If you're employed, HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) will automatically collect the tax from your pay. If you are self-employed you should report the payment on your 2020 to 2021 Self-Assessment tax return.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for a support payment changed on 16 August 2021 following changes to the rules on self-isolation.

Find out about the eligibility criteria if you were required to self-isolate during the period 28 September 2020 to 15 August 2021.

Find out about the eligibility criteria introduced on and after 16 August 2021.