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

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

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Evidence in support of application

Decision makers will be able to verify that eligible applicants satisfy the criteria by using a range of tools and records that are available to them. This is not an exhaustive list and the applicant themselves may be able to provide information:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by checking the data provided daily to each local authority by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) or Protect Scotland app certification
  • have been advised to stay at home in response to a positive PCR test by checking the data provided by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK), or
  • are the appropriate person to make a claim where a person over 16 requires personal care support following a postive PCR test by checking the details on the data provided daily to each local authority by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK); the local authority’s own records; or assessing the information provided in support of the application or
  • are applying on behalf of a relevant child by checking the child’s details on the data provided daily to each local authority by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK); receiving confirmation by way of letter from the local Incident Management Team (or equivalent service); or the local authority’s own records for school based notifications of isolation
  • are the appropriate person to make a claim where a child under 16 has been asked to isolate or advised to stay at home by checking the data held on the local authority’s own education records, and
  • have a low income as defined at 11.21 by either checking that the data on the DWP/HMRC benefits system or the local authority’s own records to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit or by assessing their earnings against SISG eligibility
  • have not been fully vaccinated or treated as fully vaccinated by checking the vaccination requirement for their age group available through public health guidance and NHS Inform Scotland and
  • have not been exempted from isolating as a contact because they have had a confirmed infection within the last 28 days by checking the data provided by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK)

To apply, applicants will need to provide:

  • a bank statement (as a basic up-front fraud check and to check there is current need where a person is applying outwith the 28 day claim period)
  • proof of low income if they are not in receipt of a benefit listed at 11.21
  • proof of employment or, if they are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact or cannot be undertaken because of childcare or caring responsibilities and
  • a declaration, separately or as part of the application form, that they will experience reduced earnings when following advice to stay at home
  • where it is a carer of an adult who is required to isolate or has been advised to stay at home, the applicant should confirm via a declaration, separately or as part of the application, that they are the primary carer, they meet all the qualifying criteria and they will experience a loss in earnings as a result of not being able to work to care for the adult
  • where it is a child who is required to isolate or has been advised to stay at home, the applicant should confirm via a declaration, separately or as part of the application that they are the parent or primary carer, they meet all the qualifying criteria and they will experience a loss in earnings as a result of staying home to care for the child

A decision maker may contact the applicant for more information, check with third parties (subject to the applicant’s agreement) such as employers or a person being cared for. When this type of contact takes place, it should be recorded.

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