Covid £500 payment: Claimants may be taxed on the support they receive – full details


Test and Trace Support Payment rules allow workers to receive a £500 payment if they’ve been economically or personally affected by coronavirus. This payment can be awarded to those whose working life cannot adapt well to the pandemic.

For the self-employed, the payment must be reported on a Self Assessment tax return.

This payment is only available for people in England but there are similar schemes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Should people be told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 apps, they can apply for the payment if they’ll lose income because they cannot work from home.

This, again, affects employed workers and the self-employed.

As the Home Office detailed on April 12: “The Government has launched a service to carry out further visits on people who have a duty to quarantine following international travel.

“It is still illegal to holiday overseas and those entering the country following international travel must quarantine for a period of 10 days at a managed quarantine site or the address listed on their passenger locator form.

“Compliance is critical to reduce the risk of Variants of Concern entering the UK.

“Those quarantining at home may be visited by staff employed on behalf of the NHS Test and Trace service.

“These checks will be in addition to those already carried out by police officers, who make up to 1,000 home visits per day.

“NHS Test and Trace staff will not have any enforcement powers, however, a referral will be made to the police if NHS Test and Trace staff have a reason to believe that an individual may be breaching quarantine rules. Officers will consider enforcement action following further investigation.

“Individuals who fail to comply could be issued with a fixed penalty notice, starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offences.”


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