Self Isolation Support Grants

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 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.

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 or find out more.

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 or find out more.

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 or find out more.

Decisions will be made within 3 working days.

Applications will be open from on 12th October.

Applications can be made at any point during the 14 calendar day period of self-isolation which commences on the date on which you were requested to self-isolate.  Those who have been asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September but before 12 October will have 14 days from 12 October to make an application.

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 or find out more.


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