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 as a result of COVID-19; or you have been notified by the Protect Scotland app and told to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19; or you are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service, Local Public Health Director or Local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate, or 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.
- 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 of self-isolating 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, Means-tested Council Tax Reduction; and/or Pension Credit, or your income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ as provided by Scottish Government for this purpose.
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.
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