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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Welfare Fund statutory guidance

Published: 17 Feb 2021
Last updated: 4 Jun 2021 - see all updates

Guidance covering the Scottish Welfare Fund and Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) .

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Welfare Fund statutory guidance
Eligibility

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Establishing eligibility

Eligibility for a SISG is restricted to people who:

  • 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, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus, have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been identified as a secondary contact;

or

  • have been notified by the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and this requirement can be individually verified;

or

  • are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who 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;

or

  • are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who 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.

In addition, prior to the self-isolation period, they must meet the following criteria:

  • are employed or self-employed; and
  • are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result; and
  • are assessed as having a low income, either:
    1. their household is currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of the following benefits, or whose income is such that they would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit should an application have been made prior to their isolation:
      • Universal Credit;
      • Working Tax Credit;
      • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
      • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
      • Income Support;
      • Housing Benefit;
      • Pension Credit; and/or
      • Means-tested Council Tax Reduction; or
    2. are an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by the Scottish Government for this purpose; or
    3. their household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ for this purpose for their household type in their local authority area, being 25% above the UC level, as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by Scottish Government for this purpose.

Multiple applications

Individuals can claim more than once, if they meet the eligibility criteria for each individual claim, including being told to self-isolate multiple times. They are not allowed to claim more than once for the same period if periods of self-isolation overlap,  e.g. if someone is required to self-isolate for a period lasting from 1 October to 14 October and is then required again to self-isolate for a second period beginning on 10 October, they would not be awarded a grant for the second period. Any additional period would need to begin after the first period had ended on 14 October. Local authorities may wish to consider keeping a record of individuals who make multiple claims to guard against potential fraud.

In cases where a child or an adult requiring support from a carer is required to isolate, only one payment can be made for that period. Where a claim is made by more than one individual in relation to the child or cared for person who is required to isolate, local authorities should consider which is the most appropriate person to make a claim. Where the applicant is also making a claim to support their own self-isolation period, an additional grant for caring for an adult or looking after a child cannot be awarded.


First published: 17 Feb 2021 Last updated: 4 Jun 2021 -