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Self Isolation Support Grants

The Scottish Welfare Fund Team delivers Self-Isolation Support Grants (SISGs) on behalf of the Scottish Government for the residents of Perth & Kinross.

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 10-day 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. If you receive a text from NHS Test & Protect you MUST reply to this otherwise you will not be eligible to apply for a grant.


  • You have been notified by the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate.


  • You are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required to self-isolate.


  • You are the carer of a person over the age of 16 who is required to self-isolate.


  • You make an application within 28 days of the day that you are requested to self-isolate.


  • You must be employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home.


  • Your income is reduced as a result of having to self-isolate e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay (people on furlough that not receiving full pay will be considered as having a reduction in earnings).


  • You are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit; Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance; Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit.


  • Your income is less than stated below for your circumstances:
Your householdYou are eligible if either:
Your monthly household income (NET) is no greater than :Your monthly individual income (GROSS) is no greater than:
Single with no children£1,607.92£1,543.75
Couple with no children£1,975.13£1,543.75
Single with one child£2,732.61£1,543.75
Couple with one child£3,099.81£1,543.75
Single with two children£3,499.81£1,543.75
Couple with  two children£3,867.01£1,543.75
Single with three children£4,454.95£1,543.75
Couple with three children£4,822.16£1,543.75

You will need to provide evidence to verify your application if you have been notified to self-isolate by an app, that you cannot work from home, we will need wage slips/evidence of your earnings for your normal earnings so that we can establish your individual/household income before self-isolating.

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 or self-declaration that your pay/income will reduce as a result of having to self-isolate.

When a grant cannot be paid

  • You will 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 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 your individual/household income is more than the Perth & Kinross income threshold.

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 as per the Perth & Kinross income thresholds.

How to apply

Apply online or phone 01738 476900 (Option 2). 

Self-isolation payments are taxable. If you're employed, you'll pay tax on the payment if you go over your tax-free personal allowance. Your tax code will change to collect the tax. You will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment. If you're self-employed you must report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.

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)