The Self-Isolation Support Grant is a new grant of £500. It will be offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by local authorities in Scotland.
To be eligible for the Grant, you must:
- have been told by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home, and lose income as a result of self-isolation
- be in receipt of, or have been awarded but not yet received a payment 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
These payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus.
The Self-Isolation Support Grant does not cover people who are self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.
You can apply to your local authority for the Grant from 12 October 2020. Someone told to self-isolate on or after 28 September (but before the scheme is operational in their local authority) will need to be able to make a backdated claim for payment.
You can receive the Grant more than once if you are asked to self-isolate on more than one occasion, as long as these do not overlap.
Applications can be made at any point during the period when you are told to self-isolate.
If you are not eligible for the Grant, you may still be able to receive a Crisis Grant from your local authority through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund.
To apply, you will need to provide to your local authority:
- a notification from Test and Protect asking you to self-isolate
- proof of receipt or award of one of the qualifying benefits
- a bank statement and
- proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact
Your local authority may ask you to provide other information to confirm you are eligible.
Once all the information has been verified, you will receive a letter telling you the outcome of your application. Payment should be made within three working days of the application being verified.