New Government Test and Trace Support Payment scheme launched in Torridge

Test & Trace Support

Government grants to help support low income workers who need to self-isolate can be applied for through Torridge District Council from Monday 12th October. Payments can be backdated to 28th September if you were eligible for that period. The payments of £500 are being made available through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme and will apply to people who are instructed by the NHS to self-isolate and who also match the following requirements of the scheme:

You can apply for a self-isolation payment if you are aged 16 or over and you:

• live in the Torridge District
• you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace - either because you have tested positive or you have been in close contact with someone who has
• have a job or are self-employed
• are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result

For the Standard Scheme you also need to be currently receiving one of the following benefits

• Universal Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• income-based Employment and Support Allowance
• income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
• income support
• housing benefit
• pension credit

There is also a discretionary scheme for people not receiving any of the above benefits but who satisfy all of the other criteria and also the following:

• A maximum gross earnings threshold of £372 per week. (This equates to 40 hours x £9.30 Real Living Wage).This means that if someone has earnings above this level then they would not normally be eligible unless there was an exceptional circumstance.
• A minimum number of hours that an individual will need to be working is 16 hours per week. Anyone normally working less than that would not be eligible.
• Maximum capital threshold of £6,000. Anyone with capital above that level would not be eligible.
• University students or those in higher education would normally be excluded from applying.
• Individuals who have applied for a qualifying benefit but have not yet received a decision or have appealed against a decision not to award a qualifying benefit and are awaiting the outcome of the appeal will be eligible to claim.

Further information and an online application form can be accessed via this link www.torridge.gov.uk/testandtracesupportscheme from 8am on Monday 12th October

Please make sure you have all the necessary information to hand to complete your application before starting the process.

09 October 2020