The Test and Trace Support Payment has been announced by Central Government in response to feedback that some residents were struggling to self-isolate due to financial constraints. It is to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. The idea is that it will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further social and economic restrictions, including local lockdowns.
To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, an individual must:
The Council has a discretionary scheme for any individual who meets criteria 1-3 above but not criteria 4.
The additional requirements for the discretionary scheme is that you:-
Individuals who are required to self-isolate and who meet the benefits-linked eligibility criteria will be entitled to £500. This will be payable as a lump sum.
In the case of your being overdrawn you may need to use "First Right Of Appropriation"
Put simply it means that when you pay money into your account, you have the right to tell the bank how you want that money to be used. Therefore you must inform them how you want the money to be used at the time of payment. If you don't give your bank instructions at the time of payment then they may decide how the money should be used.
It is preferable to send written instructions to your bank in case of any later dispute. An example of such a letter can be found later on. It is also a good idea to request that the bank acknowledge your letter or you could send it via recorded delivery.
These changes came into effect on 28 September 2020, alongside the legal duty to self-isolate.
The scheme will run until 31 January 2021. During this time, we will continue to review the success of the scheme, including the impact on COVID-19 levels.
The following supporting evidence will be required:
You can use the following links to view the full policy documents:-