Financial support for parents or guardians of children self isolating

Updated: 13.08.21

From 16 August 2021, anyone under 18 who is a contact will be exempt from self-isolation. This means that parents and guardians are no longer eligible for the self-isolation support payment if their child is identified as a contact, as the child will no longer be required to self-isolate.

Children who have tested positive will still be required to self-isolate, therefore their parents and guardians will still be eligible, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated (as they may need to stay at home and look after their child).

If the parent or guardian has been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and allocated their own Test and Trace reference number they should not apply for assistance through the parent or guardian scheme.

Parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can make one application per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.

Applications will be rejected if there is a partner or other responsible adult within the same household that could care for the child or young person and who either does not work or can work from home.

Applications will be checked with your child or young person’s education or care provider, employer and any other relevant government bodies

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the criteria below:

Main Scheme School Self-isolation Support Payment

  • Your child or young person must:
    • Have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Be aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
  • A letter from your child’s school/nursery which states your child’s full name and date of isolation must be provided with the application.
  • You must be the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
  • You must be employed or self-employed.
  • You must be unable to work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and must lose income as a result.
  • A letter from your employer confirming how your income will be affected due to your absence from work as a result of your child’s isolation must also be provided with the application.
  • You must be currently receiving one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • income-based Employment and Support allowance
    • income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
    • Income support
    • Housing benefit
    • Pension credit.

Evidence of each of the above qualifying criteria must be supplied with the application

Do not apply if you do not meet the above criteria or if you do not have the evidence to support your application.

Any payment made will be disregarded when calculating other benefits. The Test and Trace Payment is taxable if you are a taxpayer, however, it is not subject to National Insurance Contributions. HMRC will automatically collect tax from your pay through your tax code, or self-employed recipients should report the payment on their 20/21 Self-Assessment tax return.

Please note, we will only accept test and trace ID numbers that start with the letter z (or capital Z), this may be a mixture of numbers and letters.

Apply for self-isolation support

Discretionary Scheme School Self-isolation Support Payment

  • Your child or young person must:
    • have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Be aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
  • A letter from your child’s school/nursery which states your child’s full name and date of isolation must be provided with the application.
  • You must be the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
  • You must be employed or self-employed.
  • You must be unable to work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and must lose income as a result.
  • A letter from your employer confirming how your income will be affected due to your absence from work as a result of your child’s isolation must also be provided with the application.
  • must reside within the borough of Blackburn with Darwen.
  • must have annual earnings of £25,225 or less if a single person, or £50,450 or less if a couple.

Evidence of each of the above qualifying criteria must be supplied with the application.

Please note, we will only accept test and trace ID numbers that start with the letter z (or capital Z), this may be a mixture of numbers and letters.

Apply for discretionary support

Do not apply if you do not meet the above criteria.

Any payment made will be disregarded when calculating other benefits. The Test and Trace Payment is taxable if you are a taxpayer, however, it is not subject to National Insurance Contributions. HMRC will automatically collect tax from your pay through your tax code, or self-employed recipients should report the payment on their 20/21 Self-Assessment tax return.

Backdating

  • The child or young person must have been told to self-isolate on or after 8 March 2021.
  • Claims can be made up to six weeks (42 days) after your child or young person’s first day of self-isolation. For example, if a child or young person was told to self-isolate on 8 March, the parent or guardian must apply by 19 April. Any application made outside this timescale will not be accepted.