Self Isolation Support Grants

This page was last updated on 1 May 2022

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 £225 payment if you meet the criteria.

Please check your eligibility here before applying

From 12 May 2022 you may be eligible if: 

  • You have been advised by Test and Protect to stay at home and you have a confirmed positive PCR test result; or 
  • You are a parent or carer of a person under 16 years old who has been advised by Test and Protect to stay at home because they have had a positive PCR test result; or
  • You are the carer of an adult who has been advised by Test and Protect to stay at home because they have had a confirmed positive PCR test result. 

To further satisfy the eligibility criteria you must: 

  • Make an application within 28 days of the day that you are advised to self-isolate; and
  • 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; 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: 
Household type  Individual is eligible if either:
Your household earns no more than this amount each month  You personally earn no more than this amount each month 
Single with no children £1,928 £1608.75
Couple with no children £2,361 £1608.75

Single with one child

£3,402 £1608.75
Couple with one child £3,836 £1608.75
Single with two children £4,309 £1608.75
Couple with two children £4,743 £1608.75
Single with three children £5,432 £1608.75
Couple with three children £5,865 £1608.75

* Please note the above figures take affect from 6 April 2022.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for a grant will be paid £225 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 advised 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 self-isolating.
  • If you have tested positive for Covid-19 using a lateral flow test, you must have a positive PCR test to be eligible to apply for the self-isolation grant. 

 

FAQs

 

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, you must meet the eligibility crtieria set out above. 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. This includes a confirmed positive PCR test.

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.  From 1 May 2022, applicants will be limited to 3 awards in a 12 month rolling period.
 

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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