Financial support with self-isolation
A new Government payment is available to support those who are working and must self-isolate.
The support is a one-off £500 payment.
Who is eligible?
To receive the payment you must be a Lewisham resident who is working or self-employed and meet all of the following criteria:
- have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace within the last 42 days
- be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result (furloughed pay doesn't count as a loss of income)
- be receiving the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
There is also a discretionary payment for those who are working or self-employed and meet both the first two criteria but who do not get any benefits. To get this payment you must either:
- be in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or State Retirement Pension (SRP) or
- have claimed (before self-isolating) one of the seven DWP benefits and are waiting on a decision or an appeal
- have a gross income of £750 per week or less (including those with no recourse to public funds) and be responsible for paying rent or a mortgage.
You cannot apply for the grant if you have savings of £10,000 or more. You will be asked to provide evidence of this.
Parent and guardians who have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
From 8 March 2021, parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who 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 and,
- 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.
You cannot apply for either payment if you are quarantining after travelling abroad, unless you test positive during the period of quarantine.
How to apply
You can also ask a friend or family member to apply online for you.
If you have no access to a smartphone or computer and cannot get someone to make the application on your behalf, then please contact the COVID-19 helpline on 0208 314 3535 for support to make an application.
To apply you will need:
- your national insurance number
- your full name and address
- your contact telephone numbers including a working mobile number
- details of benefits you receive
- if you are employed, your last payslip
- if you are self-employed, evidence of tax returns, trading income and proof that your business cannot continue while you are self-isolating
- your NHS Account ID or the Account ID you have received from NHS Test and Trace. This is not your number from the Isolation Note service.
- a bank statement that shows your name and address to verify the account we will pay the support payment into.
What happens next?
We will email you to let you know that your application has been received.
If your application is accepted
You will receive £500 by BACs transfer into your bank account within three–five working days of our decision.
The payment will be subject to income tax but not National Insurance contributions. HMRC will automatically collect tax from your pay through your tax code, or self-employed recipients should report the payment on their 20/21 Self-Assessment tax return.
We will give Her Majesty's Revenues and Customs service your application details who will contact you directly. It will not be taxed at the point of payment.
Your bank cannot take the payment to pay your overdraft. Read more about protecting your payment from your bank.
If your application is rejected
We will let you know of our decision. You cannot appeal the decision.
Using and sharing your information
The information you give us here will be processed by Lewisham Council.
We need your consent so that we can access your records in the NHS Test and Trace system to confirm that you are eligible for the Self-Isolation Payment Scheme.
You must also consent to our contacting the education or care setting your child attends if you are applying as the parent or guardian of a child. If you do not provide this consent we will not be able to issue a payment to you.
Giving us incorrect information
You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments. This includes failing to self-isolate which puts others at risk.
Any payment made as a result of fraud may be taken back (claw back). Any grants paid by mistake will also be taken back.
The Government is supporting Local Councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.
We will check:
- with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for verification purposes
- with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for tax and national insurance purposes
- with your employer.
Personal information provided to claim self-isolation payments may be shared with fraud prevention agencies to prevent fraud and money laundering, and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance or employment.
We will provide information to HMRC about any payments we make because self-isolation support payments are subject to Tax and National Insurance Contributions.
If you are self-employed, you will need to declare the payment on your self-assessment tax return.
We may use some automated decision-making to determine if you are eligible to access funds. This means that a decision may be made by automated means, without any human involvement.
Your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 allow you to object to any automated-decision making used in this process. If you do, there may be a significant delay processing your application.
We never sell your data to third parties or use it for marketing purposes without your consent.
All information is processed in accordance with our data protection policy. Read our privacy statement.
If you wish to request any changes to the way your data is used for the purposes of processing this application, including the withdrawal of consent, you can exercise your rights under GDPR in writing to the our Data Protection Officer. Find out more about our Data Protection Officer including how to contact her.
If you do withdraw your consent, we will not be able to give you the payments. Your consent is necessary to establish your eligibility and to authorise any payments made.
When you submit your application you must confirm that you have read, understood and consented to your data being processed in this way for the purposes of assessing your eligibility for a self-isolation payment.