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Test & Trace support payment eligibility widened

Parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who is.

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is a national scheme administered locally to provide financial support, subject to certain criteria, to low income households to self-isolate. The scheme is being extended to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.

You must meet all the criteria below:

  • you are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and you need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
  • you are employed or self-employed.
  • you cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result.
  • you meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment (either through the main scheme or the discretionary fund).
  • your child or young person is aged 15 or under, or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC), and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
  • your child has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Applicants will need to satisfy the other eligibility criteria for the scheme to receive the payment. Further details can be found here: www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment and applications will be able to be backdated to 8 March 2021.