NHS Test and Trace support payment scheme

The NHS Test and Trace support payment scheme is closed

The NHS Test and Trace support payment scheme closed on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

Those that were required to self-isolate on or before this date could claim a support payment up to 6 weeks - 42 days - after the first day of self-isolation.

The final 42 day period ended on Wednesday 6 April 2022.

About the scheme

The Test and Trace support payment scheme supported people on low incomes who were unable to work from home and would lose income if they were required to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

Support payment

If you had to self-isolate, and met the eligibility criteria, you may have been entitled to £500 as a lump sum.

The payment was taxable if you were a taxpayer. It was not subject to National Insurance contributions. If you were employed, HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) automatically collected the tax from your pay. If you were self-employed, you had to report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.