Who can get it

Bolton residents may be entitled to a test and trace support payment of £500.  Payments will be made by the council, directly into your bank account. You must make a claim within 42 days of first having to self- isolate. You should claim if you:

  • Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or identified as a close contact by the NHS COVID-19 App.
  • Have responded to messages received from NHS Test and Trace in which you provided contact details and where they have tested positive, the details of your contacts or if the NHS COVID-19 App has told you to self-isolate because you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you have followed the steps to request an Account ID.
  • Are employed or self-employed but are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, and
  • Are currently receiving, or are the partner of someone in the same household who is receiving,
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
    • Pension Credit

Parents or guardians 

Eligibility for parents and guardians is designed to cover situations where the child who is self-isolating would normally be at school, nursery or another childcare setting during the week.

This means that during the summer holidays:

Parents of school-aged children who need to self-isolate are not eligible to claim if the child would not have been at school anyway during the period of self-isolation (because the school is shut for the summer).

Parents of children sent home from other settings that may remain open during the summer - such as nurseries or special settings for 18-25 year-olds with additional support needs - may still be eligible for a paymant provided the child/young person who is self-isolating would have been attending the setting had they not had to self-isolate - evidence of this will need to be provided.