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

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

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Establishing eligibility

Warning

From 1 May, eligibility for the self-isolation support grant will change in line with updated self-isolation and testing requirements. The grant amount will be £225 from 1 May, reflecting the revised public health guidance which advises people who test positive to stay at home for five days, instead of the 10 day isolation period that was previously in place. Eligibility for the grant will be reviewed on 30 June 2022.

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 or from 1 May 2022 been advised by the Test and Protect Service to stay at home as a result of COVID-19, because they have tested positive for coronavirus
  • are the individual household contact, the parent of carer of a child under 16 who is a household contact, or the carer of a person over 16 who is a household contact who has been has been required by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate because they have recently been in close, household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • 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 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has either tested positive, or has received a public health request to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern included on the published list and that individual’s public health request can be verified
  • have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and this requirement can be individually verified
  • have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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, household contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and this requirement can be individually verified
  • are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has a positive PCR test result for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has a positive PCR test result for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, household contact with someone who has tested positive
  • eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 7 March to require that individuals who have themselves tested positive in the last 28 days and who are identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) are only eligible if they develop new symptoms and subsequently test positive.

In addition before the self-isolation period or period they are advised to stay at home, they must also be:

  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home, and will lose income as a result of self-isolation
  • be assessed as having low income, either 
  • the household is currently receiving, or has been awarded, but not yet received, a payment of the following benefits; or whose income may entitle them to Universal Credit, should an application have been made prior to their isolation:

- Universal Credit

- 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

  • be an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold
  • the household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ for this purpose; being 25% above the established UC rate for their household type in their local authority area
  • please be aware that on the 6 October 2021 the UK Government withdrew the £20 per week top up to Universal Credit. The Scottish Government has decided for the purpose of the SISG the low income rates will remain the same

Check your eligibility for your local council area

Multiple applications

Individuals can claim more than once, if they meet the eligibility criteria for each individual claim, including being told to self-isolate or being advised to stay at home multiple times. They are not allowed to claim more than once for the same period if periods of self-isolation or staying at home overlap. The relevant periods for self-isolation or staying at home as advised are as defined by public health guidance at the time.

In cases where a child or an adult requiring support from a carer is required to isolate or advised to stay at home, 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 or advised to stay at home, 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 or period where they are advised to stay at home, an additional grant for caring for an adult or looking after a child cannot be awarded.

The general exclusion for Crisis Grants contained within paragraphs 7.21-23 limiting the number of awards that any person can receive to three in any rolling 12-month period across all local authorities shall apply to SISG applications for periods when the individual has tested positive and is following advice to stay at home from 1 May 2022. Any awards made prior to 1 May 2022 should not be taken in to account. Local authorities may wish to consider keeping a record of individuals who make multiple claims to guard against potential fraud.

Variants of concern

For the purpose of eligibility for the Self-Isolation Support Grant the following are classed as variants of concern:

Variant: Omicron ( from 30 November to 10 December 2021)

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