Self-isolation Support Grant

Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

The Scottish Government has announced a new Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant for individuals who are in receipt of low-income benefits and who will lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

If you have been asked by NHS Test and Protect Service to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, either because you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Applications can be made each time you or anyone within your household have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Protect Service.

People in the same household can each make an individual application to receive the payment, if they each meet the eligible criteria.

You may also be eligible for the grant if you are on a low income and have No Recourse to Public Funds under Public Health Regulations.

From 7 December 2020 parents or primary carers of children who are required to isolate are eligible to apply.

This scheme will end on 31 March 2021.

Who is eligible?

People who are 16 or over, live in the Highland Council area and have received notification from NHS Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK) to self-isolate, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus, have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or are awaiting a test result.

From 7 December 2020 if you are the identified parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the NHS Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate.

From 16 February 2021, eligibility for the scheme was expanded further to include:

  • carers of adults required to isolate; and
  • a widening of the application period to 28 calendar days from being told to self-isolate. Someone told to self-isolate on or after 2 February (but before the extension is operational in their local authority area) will need to be able to make a back-dated claim for payment.

In addition to the self-isolation period you must meet the following criteria:

  • are employed or self-employed
  • are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result
  • are currently receiving or have been awarded but not yet received a payment of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit and/or
    • Pension Credit
    • If none of the above apply - would have been entitled to Universal Credit if an application had been made prior to your self-isolation period
  • applicants who are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction (from 16 February 2021)
  • applicants who earn the Real Living Wage or less, or whose household income is less than Universal Credit + 25% for their circumstances (from 16 February 2021)

To apply, you must provide:

  • a bank statement
  • proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact and
  • a statement declaring that you will experience reduced income during your period of self-isolation.
  • if you are caring for a child, confirmation that you are the parent or primary carer, you meet all the qualifying criteria and you will have a loss in earnings as a result of staying at home to care for the child

How to apply

Contact our Scottish Welfare Fund Team on 0800 083 1887 or the Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004.

What happens next?

You will receive a letter confirming our decision.

If you qualify for a grant, £500 will be paid into your bank account.

If you do not meet all the above criteria but are on a low income and self-isolation will cause you hardship you can apply for a Crisis Grant through the Scottish Welfare Fund. If you have no recourse to public funds you may be able to access other support depending on your circumstances. Our Welfare Support Team can help you claim. They can be contacted on 0800 090 1004 (you won’t be charged for this call).

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