Self-isolation Support Grant

Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

The Scottish Government is providing a grant of £500 to people who are employed on a low-income and who will lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate by Test and Protect to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Self-isolation payments are taxable. You will 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 are self-employed you must report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.

Applications must be received within 28 days of being advised to self-isolate. You can make an application each time you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Protect Service.

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 to self-isolate
  • The parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been told to self-isolate
  • The carer of someone over 16 who has been told to self-isolate

Subject to the following conditions:-

Eligibility changes affecting those instructed to Self-Isolate between 11 December 2021 to 5 January 2022

If you are a household contact of someone who has tested positive, and must isolate for 10 days, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria regardless of vaccination status, PCR result or age.

If you are a non-household contact, who has been fully vaccinated, you are not eligible for the grant while you are self-isolating and waiting for your PCR test result. If you test positive, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

If you are a non-household contact, who has not been fully vaccinated and must isolate for 10 days, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

Eligibility changes affecting those instructed to Self-Isolate from 6 January 2022

Close contacts

If you are a close contact, who has been fully vaccinated*, you are not eligible for the grant while you are self-isolating and waiting for your PCR test result. If you test positive, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

If you are a close contact, over the age of 18 years and 4 months, who has not been fully vaccinated*, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

Parents and carers of children under 16

If you are the parent or primary carer of a child under 16, you are not eligible for the grant while you are self-isolating and waiting for their PCR test result. If they test positive, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

Carers of someone over 16

If you are the carer of a child over 16 and under 18 years and 4 months, you are not eligible for the grant while you are self-isolating and waiting for their PCR test result. If they test positive, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

If you are a carer for someone over the age of 18 years and 4 months, who has not been fully vaccinated*, you are eligible for the grant if you meet all the criteria.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as having 3 vaccinations from 6/1/2022. Persons under 18 years and 4 months are treated as fully vaccinated whether they have been or not.

In addition to the above, 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
  • you must be on a low income or receiving one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit
    • Council Tax Reduction
    • 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

If you have been asked to self-isolate

Test and Protect will text you if they identify you as a close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid.

They will ask you to reply to the text to agree to share these details with your local council. This is so you can apply for the grant.

Highland Council cannot process your application unless you agree for Test and Protect to share these details.

Once you agree, it will take around 24 to 48 hours for us to get your details.

We will not be able to give you any update on your application until after then.

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

You can apply online though our Scottish Welfare Fund page:

  • Click on Apply for a grant and;
  • Choose the option "You need help due to circumstances related to Coronavirus/COVID-19".
  • In Help You Need select “Household Goods - Other”& then in “Anything Else” type “Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Payment”.

If you require assistance with applying, contact our Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004 or the Scottish Welfare Fund Team on 0800 083 1887.

What happens next?

You will receive a letter or an email 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 will not be charged for this call).

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