From 12 October the Scottish Welfare Fund will be administering the Scottish Government Self Isolation Support Grants.
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 are required to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect, on or after 28th September and
- You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home (if you are self-employed you may be able to claim New Style Employment & Support Allowance); 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 as part of your application to verify your application
- Evidence that the Test & Protect Service has requested that you self-isolate,
- Proof that you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits,
- A bank statement,
- Proof of employment/self-employment and that you cannot undertake your job/run your business without social contact or from home.
- Proof that your pay/income will reduce as a result of having to self-isolate.