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Test and Trace support payment for parents

Posted on: 29/03/2021

Parents whose children are asked to self-isolate after contact with a positive case of Covid-19 will now be included in the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme if they are unable to work as a result. 

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which provides a £500 payment to those on certain benefits or low incomes who are required to self-isolate, has been extended to the parents and carers of children who cannot work because their child or children are required to self-isolate. 

This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child's self-isolation period, and parents must meet all the relevant means-tested eligibility criteria. The payment ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities. 

Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate. 
Parents and carers will need to apply via the local authority in which they live to receive a payment and will need to either provide their child’s NHS Test and Trace Account ID, or a communication from their early years provider/school informing them that their child needs to self-isolate. 
These payments in Greenwich are being administered by the Advice and Benefits Service and are currently implementing the new rules into the scheme. The online application form will be available by 7th April 2021.