Self Isolation Support Grants

From 12 October 2020 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 10-day period.  

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

You have been contacted by Test and Protect (or equivalent service in the UK) to self-isolate AND you have tested positive for Covid-19 

OR

You are not fully vaccinated AND you have been contacted by Test and Protect (or equivalent service in the UK) to self-isolate because you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or identified as a secondary contact  

OR

You are not fully vaccinated AND you have been notified by the Protect Scotland App (or equivalent app) to self-isolate because you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 

OR
 
You are the parent/primary carer of a child under 16 who has tested positive for Covid-19 OR the child you care for has not been fully vaccinated and has been required by Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service from elsewhere in the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate because they have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact  

OR

You are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has tested positive for Covid-19 OR the person you care for has not been fully vaccinated and has been required by Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service from elsewhere in the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate because they have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact  

AND 

  • You make an application within 28 days of the day that you are requested to self-isolate. 

AND 

  • You must be employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home. 

AND 

  • Your income is reduced as a result of having to self-isolate e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay (people on furlough that are not receiving full pay will be considered as having a reduction in earnings). 

AND 

  • You are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction (not Single Person Discount), Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit; Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance; Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit. 

OR 

  • Your income is less than stated below for your circumstances: 

Your Household Your monthly household income (NET) is no greater than: Your monthly individual income (GROSS) is no greater than: 
Single with no children £1,657.45 £1,543.75
Couple with no children £2,024.65 £1,543.75

Single with one child

£2,920.56 £1,543.75
Couple with one child £3,287.76 £1,543.75
Single with two children £3,697.65 £1,543.75
Couple with two children £4,064.85 £1,543.75
Single with three children £4,662.76 £1,543.75
Couple with three children £5,029.97 £1,543.75

If you meet the eligibility criteria for a grant will be paid £500 each, however only one claim per household can be made where a parent or primary carer is looking after a child under 16 who is required to isolate.

You will need to provide evidence as part of your application to verify your application 

Evidence requirements:

  • 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.

For adults, fully vaccinated means you have received 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and you received your 2nd dose more than 14 days ago.
Children over 12 years old are fully vaccinated if they have received at least 1 dose of the Covid-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago.
 

No, you are not eligible under this scheme. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to a Crisis Grant. Apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

No, part of the criteria for the grant is that you have been asked to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect, on or after 28th September. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to a Crisis Grant. Apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

No, if the Test & Protect Service requested that you self-isolate prior to 28th September you are not eligible. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to a Crisis Grant. Apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

We aim to make a decision within three working days of receiving a fully complete application along with all supporting evidence. However, please note due to the increased number of applications currently being received it may take longer than normal to process.

Applications can be made at any point during the 28 calendar day period of self-isolation period which commences on the date on which you were requested to self-isolate.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to a Crisis Grant. Apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Individuals can claim more than once as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for each individual claim, including being asked by Test and Protect to self-isolate each time.  
 

Yes, as long as you meet all of the other eligibility requirements for the Self-Isolation Support Grant Scheme.
 

Yes, as long as you meet all of the other eligibility requirements for the Self-Isolation Support Grant Scheme.
 

Yes the payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.   

The payment will be a coronavirus support payment and therefore a revenue receipt of your business, contributing towards your profits. The payment will need to be included on your Self Assessment Tax Return along with any other coronavirus support payments you may have received.  

There is nothing you need to do. If your income for the year is not more than £12,500, you will not have any tax to pay. If tax is due, HMRC will automatically recover it from your pay through a change in your tax code. HMRC will send you a new tax code notice.  Contact HMRC for more information.

Claimants can claim Statutory Sick Pay as well as a Test and Trace Support Payment, but not contractual sick pay from their employer. Employers can claim Statutory Sick Pay Reimbursement for those self-isolating.  

No, the payment does not affect existing entitlements to Universal Credit, Pension Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit. The payment will also be disregarded as income for the purposes of tax credits. 

If you have opted to share the self-isolation certificate with Aberdeen City Council and believe you may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant you need to make an application. You will still need to meet all of the other eligibility requirements for the Self-Isolation Support Grant Scheme.

Please email ScottishWelfareFund@aberdeencity.gov.uk 
 

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