Decision details

Test and Trace Support Payment.

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


This payment is designed to support people on low incomes, if they lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage them to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions. The scheme will operate until 31 January 2021.

These payments will be made available from 28 September 2020, and local authorities are required to have arrangements in place to administer them by no later than 12 October 2020. Someone told to self-isolate on or after 28 September (but before the scheme is operational in their local authority) will need to be able to make a backdated claim for payment.

The scheme has 2 separate categories, the main Test and Trace Support payment and the Discretionary Test and Trace Support payment, in both categories individuals will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500


To formally approve the implementation of the Test and Trace Support Payment policy in line with government guidance.


Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 12/10/2020

Date of decision: 12/10/2020

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