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Home Business Self Isolation Grant - SSP Self Isolation Support Payment

Self Isolation Support Payment


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If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, protect service (TTP) or NHS Covid 19 App and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to Financial Support.

From 23 October 2020, eligible individuals are entitled to a Self-Isolation Support Payment or discretionary support payment of £500. This is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP) and will lose income as a result.

From the 1 February 2021 this also includes if you have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid 19 App and unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.

If you have the NHS Covid-19 app installed on your phone and are informed to self-isolate, as you may have been in contact with someone who tests positive for Covid 19, you may now also qualify for support.

These payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment 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.

 

Eligibility for payments

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to an Isolation Payment of £500

  • You have been told to self-isolate by NHS Wales, Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP) on or after 23 October 2020
  • You are a *parent/carer of a child up to and including Year 8 (or up to age 25 if the learner has multiple and complex needs) who has been asked to self-isolate for 10 days or more by the school, child-care setting or TTP as a result of an outbreak in a school, childcare or further education setting 
  • You have been notified by the NHS Covid 19 App to self isolate because you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19 on or after the 1 February 2021
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • You or your partner are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit

* In cases where a child is required to isolate, only one payment can be made to a household for that period.

 

Discretionary Payment

In exceptional circumstances, local authorities can make a £500 discretionary payment to individuals who meet all of the criteria above except that they are not currently receiving any of the qualifying benefits but are on low incomes and will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while self-isolating.

You may be eligible for a £500 Discretionary Payment if you meet all of the other eligibility criteria above, but:

  • You or your partner Do Not currently receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
  • You will face financial Hardship as a result of not being able to work while you are self- isolating.

This application is for one person only and any further applications within the same household must be made by each individual

* In cases where a child is required to isolate, only one payment can be made to a household for that period. 

Please ensure that you have the information below available before starting your application:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Confirmation of the date given by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP) or NHS Covid App
  • Confirmation letter from school, childcare or further education setting that the child has been asked to self isolate 
  • Your most recent Bank Statement, wage slip or proof of self-employment

 

Backdating

Eligibility for the NHS Wales Self-Isolation Support Payment, including discretionary payments, is for people who are told by TTP to stay at home and self-isolate on or after 23 October 2020 and who meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Eligible individuals could only make a claim up to 14 days after their period of self isolation ended.  However from the 1 February 2021 this has been extended for relevant claims up to 21 days.  We cannot accept applications after this point.  For example if someone was told to self isolate on the 1 February 2021 until the 10 February 2021 they would have until the 3 March 2021 to make a claim.


Self Isolation Payments are taxable

If you are employed you will pay tax on the Self Isolation Payment if you go over your tax free personal allowance.  Your tax code will change to collect the tax.  You will not pay national insurance contributions on the payment.  If you are self employed you must report the Self Isolation Payment on your Self Assessment Tax Return.


Statutory Sick Pay Enhancement Scheme for Care Workers

You cannot claim/receive a Self Isolation Payment and a payment from the Statutory Sick Pay Enhanced Scheme (which is eligible for Care Workers) for the same isolation period.

 

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