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Test and Trace Support Payment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL12979, tabled on 3 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all those eligible for a Test and Trace support payment receive such support.

Answered on

9 April 2021

Since the launch of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, the Government has taken a range of action to help ensure those eligible for the scheme receive the support that it provides. This includes providing more than £70 million of funding to local authorities to meet the costs of the scheme, with a further £39 million released at the end of February 2021; expanding the eligibility criteria to include individuals notified to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app because they are a contact of someone who has tested positive; and increasing the window in which individuals can make a claim, by allowing applicants up to 28 days after their first day of self-isolation.

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme will continue into the summer and will be expanded to cover parents who are unable to work because they are caring for a child who is self-isolating. The Government keeps all elements of its COVID-19 response under review, including the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.