From 12th October, the Scottish Government Self Isolation Support Grants (SISGs) are available to people on a low income who are experiencing financial hardship through being asked to self-isolate.
The purpose of the grant is to assist people in receipt of low incomes to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This should support people to be able to afford to comply with the Test & Protect Service's requirement for them to self-isolate during the 14 day period.
You may be eligible for a £500 payment if meet the following criteria:
- You have been contacted directly by an NHS Test & Protect contact tracer, on or after 28th September and told to self isolate (it is not sufficient that the NHS App has indicated that you should self isolate)
- You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home and
- Your income is reduced as a result e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay and
- You are in receipt of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit; Income-based Employment and Support Allowance; Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit
Grants are paid per eligible person, not per household, therefore a couple who both meet the eligibility criteria for a grant will be paid £500 each.
You will need to provide evidence to verify your application from NHS Test & Protect, that you cannot work from home, wage slips, evidence that your income/earnings will reduce during the self-isolation period.
When a grant cannot be paid
- A grant cannot be paid if the Test & Protect Service has not requested that you self-isolate. For example, you would not qualify if you are self-isolating because you are returning to the UK after being abroad or because you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested. If you are self-isolating under any other circumstances and you are struggling financially then you should apply for a Crisis Grant through the Scottish Welfare Fund.
- If the Test & Protect Service requested that you self-isolate prior to 28th September.
- If you are not employed or self-employed.
The council will be receiving lists of those who have been contacted and told to self isolate and will be calling them out to offer support; including checking on eligibility for Self Isolation Support Grants, however if you have not been contacted within 5 days of your call from the Test and Protect Team, or you have urgent support needs, call our Test and Protect Helpline on 01546 605524