Test and trace support payment

The Government has announced a new financial package to support and enforce self-isolation (opens in new window).

In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from the 28 September, you may be entitled to a payment of £500, payable from Mansfield District Council. 

We are waiting for detailed guidance from Government and until this is received, the council is not in a position to accept applications or make payments. We will be updating this page with further details as we get them.

Information about the scheme

Who can get the Test and Trace Support Payment?

To get the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must be:

  • asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home and will lose income as a result and
  • currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

How much is the payment?

You may be supported by a lump sum payment of £500.

Will this payment be taxed?

This payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.

How long will this be in place for?

The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

When will this come into force?

These changes will come into effect on 28 September 2020, alongside the legal duty to self-isolate. Information will appear here as soon as the scheme is launched. Apologies for the delay, which is due to unforeseen circumstances. Individuals who are eligible will be able to make a backdated claim.