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.

The Self-Isolation Support Grant has also 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 and to carers who need to take time off work in order to provide care for an individual over 16 because of their need to self-isolate

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.
 

Self-isolation payments are taxable. If you’re employed, you’ll pay tax on the payment if you go over your tax-free personal allowance. Your tax code will change to collect the tax. You will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment. If you’re self-employed you must report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.

 

Eligibility

Self-Isolation Support Grants are for people who:

 

  • Have received a public health request by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK) 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;

     

  • Have been notified by the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and this requirement can be individually verified;

     

  • 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;

     

  • Are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 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 assessed as having a low income, either:
    • by receiving, or awarded but not yet received a payment of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Pension Credit; or
    • Are an individual with earnings less than the real living wage or household income less than the relevant threshold levels noted below.

 

Inverclyde

Household Type

 

a) monthly NET household income is no greater than:

b) monthly gross individual income is no greater than:

 

Single with no children

 

£1,509.05

 

£1,543.75

Couple with no children

£1,876.25

£1,543.75

Single with one child

£2,633.65

£1,543.75

Couple with one child

£3,000.85

£1,543.75

Single with two children

£3,301.97

£1,543.75

Couple with  two children

£3,669.17

£1,543.75

Single with three children

£4,662.76

£1,543.75

Couple with three children

£5,029.97

£1,543.75

 

How to apply

Applications can be made at any point during the 28 calendar days from the day an individual is notified to self-isolate.

Applications may be accepted 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 that 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 listed benefits incomes.
  • 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.
  • Where it is a carer of an adult who is required to isolate, the applicant should confirm via self-declaration that they are the primary carer of the individual required to self-isolate, they meet all the qualifying criteria and they will experience a loss in earnings as a result of not being able to work to care for the adult.

 

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