Self Isolation Support Grants

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. 

You may be eligible for a £500 payment if meet the following criteria:

  • You have been required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland or equivalent service from elsewhere in the UK because you have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • You are the individual household contact, the parent of carer of a child under 16 who is a household contact, or the carer of a person over 16 who is a household contact who has been required by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate because they have recently been in close, household contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • You 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 either tested positive, or has received a public health request to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern included on the list published by the Scottish Government and that individual’s public health request can be verified
  • You 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) or the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because you have recently been in close, household or non-household contact with someone who has tested positive and this requirement can be individually verified.
  • You 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, household or non-household contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • You 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, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive.

In addition, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are employed or self-employed.
  • You are unable to work from home and will face reduced earnings as a result of self-isolating; and
  • You are currently receiving, have been awarded but not yet received a payment of, or have underlying eligibility (would ordinarily be entitled should an application have been made) for Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment & Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Means-tested Council Tax Reduction or Pension Credit; or
  • You are an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage.

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.

You can check if you are eligible for a grant here on the Scottish Government website

Apply online for a Self Isolation Support Grant

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

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