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.

From 13th October 2021 the Self-Isolation Support Grant is no longer available to individuals who are fully vaccinated and required to isolate as a close contact.  Should a fully vaccinated close contact then return a positive test result an application may be considered at that time.

The Self-Isolation Support Grant is considered taxable income. You will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment.

 

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, because they have tested positive for coronavirus;

 

  • Have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact;

 

  • Have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 tested positive for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact;

 

  • Are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact.

 

 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.

 

Personal income levels: £1,543.75 or less per month

You can apply for the grant if your gross personal earnings are £1,543.75 or less per month. This figure is based on the Real Living Wage as a monthly figure for full time employment. This amount is before deductions such as tax and National Insurance.

If your personal earnings are over this you might still qualify under your total household income.

Household income levels

The household income level depends on your household type and whether or not you have children. This amount is based on net income after deductions such as tax and National Insurance.

Household type

Number of children

Monthly household income after deductions (£)

Single person

0

£1,509.05

Couple

0

£1,876.25

Single person

1

£2,633.65

Couple

1

£3,000.85

Single person

2

£3,301.97

Couple

2

£3,669.17

Single person

3+

£4,662.76

Couple

3+

£5,029.97

 

The low income levels are different if you do not pay rent or a mortgage. For example, if you’re an adult living at home with your parents. For most single people who do not pay rent or a mortgage the monthly maximum personal earnings amount is £1,543.75. This is for the individual person and not the household.

Further information on the Self Isolation Grant including an eligibility checker can be accessed via the Mygov.Scot website within the links section on this page.

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.