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Benefits - Test and Trace for Parents / Guardians

If you are a parent / guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support if you meet all of the following eligibility criteria, you are entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500

  • Your child was told to self-isolate on or after 8th March 2021
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result of having to take time of work to look after a child who is self-isolating
  • You are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.  

Discretionary payments

You may be eligible for a £500 discretionary payment if you are not in receipt of an eligible benefit, but meet all the other eligibility criteria above and:

  • You have less than £3,000 in capital or savings
  • Will suffer financial hardship as a result of the self-isolation  (an income and expenditure form must be completed)
  • You are not in full time education

This application can only be made by one parent/guardian per household. Eligible individuals can make a claim up to 42 days after the first day of an individual’s period of self-isolation.  Applications made after 42 days cannot be accepted.