Ensuring infected individuals and their close contacts isolate is one of our most powerful tools for controlling the spread of coronavirus. Self-isolating helps prevent your family, friends and community from catching the virus, as well as helping to protect the health and care system.

Change in the Law

  • From Monday 28th September people will be required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service
  • If people fail to comply with these rules, they will face tougher penalties
  • Fines for breaching the law will start at £1,000 and rise to £10,000

Test and Trace Support Payment

  • The government has introduced a new grant to support people in work on low incomes to self-isolate
  • You may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if you cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate
  • This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home

Who is eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment?

To be eligible for the support payment, all of the following must apply.

The applicant must:

  • Have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because of positive coronavirus test or recent close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Be employed or self-employed
  • Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;
  • Be receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit

Boston Borough residents please click here to apply.

You can e-mail us at stayathomesupport@boston.gov.uk or call 01205 314202.

If you do not meet the criteria but find yourself struggling with finances this winter, due to self-isolation please contact us.

More information about the new package to enforce and support self-isolation is available here 


Discretionary Test & Trace Support Payments

FAQ Test & Trace Support (V3)