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Self Isolation Support Grants

From 12th October the Scottish Welfare Fund will be administering the Scottish Government Self Isolation Support Grants (SISGs).

The purpose of the grant is to assist people that are working and 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 14 day period. Applications must be made during the 14 day Self Isolation Period.

You may be eligible for a £500 payment if meet the following criteria:

  • You are required to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect, on or after 28th September and
  • You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home (if you are self-employed you may be able to claim New Style Employment & Support Allowance) and
  • Your income is reduced as a result e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay and
  • You are in receipt 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

Grants are paid per eligible person, not per household, therefore a couple who both meet the eligibility criteria for a grant will be paid £500 each.

You will need to provide evidence to verify your application from NHS Test & Protect, that you cannot work from home, wage slips, evidence that your income/earnings will reduce during the self-isolation period.

Evidence requirements

  • Evidence that the Test & Protect Service has requested 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 having to self-isolate.

When a grant cannot be paid

  • A grant cannot be paid if the Test & Protect Service has not requested that you self-isolate. For example, you would not qualify if you are self-isolating because you are returning to the UK after being abroad or because you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested. If you are self-isolating under any other circumstances and you are struggling financially then you should apply for a Crisis Grant.
  • If the Test & Protect Service requested that you self-isolate prior to 28th September.
  • If you are not employed or self-employed.
  • If you are employed or self-employed and your earnings or self-employed income will not reduce e.g because you will receive normal pay or you can continue to work from home.
  • If you are not in receipt of one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Credit.

No Recourse to Public Funds

Although the Scottish Welfare Fund cannot normally be accessed by people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) we are able to make payments to people in this situation under Public Health legislation as long as all other eligibility criteria including being required to self-isolate by NHS Test & Protect, being in work or self-employed, be unable to work from home and have reduced earnings during the self-isolation period is met.

People with NRPF cannot be in receipt of a qualifying benefit therefore entitlement is considered only if you are considered to have a low income.

How to apply

Apply online or phone 01738 476900 (Option 2). 

As SISGs are paid in respect of a loss of earnings they are taxable payments.

If you do not meet the criteria for SISG you could apply for a Crisis Grant.

There may also be other financial help available if you are unable to work due to COVID-19.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should make arrangements to be tested.

Contact details

Scottish Welfare Fund

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 2)