Test and Trace Support Payment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th January 2021.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people are eligible for the discretionary Test and Trace Support Payment in the event that part of their period of self-isolation commenced whilst they were receiving financial support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is for people who will lose income because they are required to self-isolate and cannot work from home while doing so. In practice, most people who are furloughed will not be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment or a discretionary payment as they will not be losing income as a result of having to self-isolate. In cases where someone is only furloughed for part of their isolation period and will lose income because they cannot work from home during the remainder of the self-isolation period, they would be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment provided they met the other eligibility criteria.

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