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Parents of children who are forced to self-isolate after a positive Covid test and cannot work from home could be eligible for a Test and Trace payment.
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 payment of £500 covers the self-isolation period and is for those who are employed or self employed and cannot work from home.
Claims need to be made within 28 days of the first day of self-isolation. Only those who have been told to self isolated by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app and have a Test and Trace account ID are eligible.
The Government says there will be more funding to help local authorities ensure people self-isolating have access to practical support, such as food deliveries or help with their caring responsibilities and support for wellbeing.
There has been concern about a postcode lottery for the payments, with reports that some local authorities are much more likely to pay them than others. The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development called for an urgent review of the system in January as a result.
*To apply for a payment, click here.