Self-Isolation Support Grant

The Scottish Government has introduced a grant of £500 to individuals in low paid employment or self-employment who will suffer a loss of income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

From Monday 7th December 2020 the Self-Isolation Support Grant has been extended to include parents of children aged under 16 who need to take time off work because their child is told to self-isolate. 

The grant will also become available to those who may be eligible for Universal Credit, but have not yet applied. 


Self-Isolation Support Grants are restricted to people who:

  • Have been required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or are awaiting a test result; or
  • Are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate


In addition, prior to the self-isolation period, they must meet the following criteria:

  • are employed or self-employed;
  • are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings;
  • are currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of, or whose income is such that they would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit should an application have been made prior to their isolation:
    • Universal Credit;
    • Working Tax Credit;
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
    • Income Support;
    • Housing Benefit; and/or
    • Pension Credit.


The Self-Isolation Support Grant does not cover people who are self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.

Anyone contacted by the Protect Scotland app informing them to self-isolate is not eligible for a grant at this time but should contact the Test and Protect service on 0800 028 2816 for advice.


How to apply

Applications can be made at any point during an individual’s 10 day period of self-isolation, however discretion can be used to accept an application out with this timescale in exceptional circumstances where factors beyond the persons control mean that they were unable to apply or unable to demonstrate they were eligible within the 10 day period.

Applications are made through the Discretionary Payments Team who can be contacted on 01475 714444 Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Applications can take around 15 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence in support of their request:

  • A bank statement
  • Proof of low income if not in receipt of one of the stated benefits to allow consideration of any possible entitlement to Universal Credit prior to the period of self-isolation.
  • Proof of employment such as recent wage slip or contract of employment, or if they are self-employed evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof their business delivers services which cannot be carried out without social contact.
  • A statement declaring that they will experience reduced income during their period of self-isolation.
  • Where it is a child who is required to isolate, the applicant should confirm via self-declaration that they are the parent or primary carer, they meet all the qualifying criteria and they will experience a loss in earnings as a result of staying home to care for the child.

Please note that verification checks will be carried out with appropriate agencies in support of the application.