As of 16 August 2021, a child who is identified as a contact can still go into school/child care so the parent/guardian will not have to take time off work to look after them. Children who test positive for Covid will still have to self-isolate.
To be eligible, your child must be
- be 15 or under, or 25 or under if they have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC)
- live with you
- normally be at school or in childcare
- have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
You’ll need to meet the below other eligibility criteria. You’ll need evidence that your child has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
Residents who qualify can claim a one-off, lump sum payment of £500 for each period of their child's self-isolation (subject to any income tax payable).
This scheme is due to end on 30 September 2021. However, people have up to six weeks (42 days) from the start of their isolation period to make a claim.
There are several qualifying conditions, one of which is that you, and any partner you may have, must not be able to work from home.
You must also:
- be the only parent or guardian making an application
- be employed or self-employed on the day your child's self-isolations starts
- have lost, or will lose, income by being unable to work from home while your child is self-isolating, because your employer will pay you less or not pay you during this time
You must also be receiving at least one of the benefits listed below. However, if you do not receive any of the specific benefits but meet the above criteria listed above, and will face financial hardship during your period of self-isolation, we will consider an application on a discretionary basis. Discretionary funding is limited and there is no appeals process if we are unable to make a payment to you.
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- income-based Employment Support Allowance
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Low-income threshold for discretionary payments
- Families and single-parent households paying a mortgage or rent and utility bills must have an annual household income of less than £19,344 will be considered.
If you, not your child, have been asked to isolate by the NHS during this period you should not apply for one of these payments. Instead, you should apply for for the individual scheme above.
Hart District Council's policy on the test and trace support scheme
Hart District Council's policy on the discretionary test and trace support scheme
Apply for test and trace support payment