Council Tax, benefits and welfare - Coronavirus advice

Self-Isolation Support Grant

This grant opened on 12 October 2020.

The Scottish Government is providing a grant of £250 to people who are in receipt of low income benefits and who will lose income as a result of being asked to self-isolate by Test and Protect to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Eligibility for the scheme was expanded on

  • 7 December 2020 to include parents or primary carers of children required to self-isolate and those with household income less than Universal Credit levels
  • 16 February 2021 to include carers of adults, those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and those who earn less than the Real Living Wage or whose household income is less than Universal Credit plus 25%
  • 13 October 2021 to require that individuals identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) who have been fully vaccinated become eligible only when they themselves test positive. Someone asked to self-isolate as a contact before 13 October 2021 will be able to make a claim without reference to their isolation status.
  • 30 November 2021 to enable contacts of someone who has tested positive or has been asked to isolate as part of an exercise within the public health response to a variant of concern to be eligible if they have to isolate for the required 10-day period.
  • Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 11 December 2021 to enable identified household contacts of someone who has tested positive to be eligible regardless of their vaccination status if they have to isolate for the required 10-day period.
  • Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 6 January 2022 to require that individuals identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) who have been fully vaccinated become eligible only when they themselves test positive following public health policy’s return to the isolation requirements prior to 30 November 2021. This includes children and young people under the age of 18 years and 4 months who are treated as fully vaccinated from this date.
  • Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 7 March 2022 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.
  • Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 1 May 2022 to enable individuals who have had a positive PCR test to be eligible when advised by Test and Protect to stay at home.

The grant will support people who would otherwise struggle to be able to afford to comply with the requirement to self isolate. It provides the financial support they need to meet their basic needs during the 10 day period in which they are unable to work. You must apply to the Council where you live.

Only people self-isolating from 28 September 2020 can apply. From 2 February 2021 applications must be received within 28 days of being advised to self-isolate.

The grant does not have to be paid back.

The SISG does not cover people who are

  1. Waiting for a test result or self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad. Unless they
    • have tested positive for coronavirus or from 13 October 2021
    • are not fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine must to stay at home and self-isolate as told by Test and Protect or equivalent service across the UK.

Who can apply

To apply you must meet all of the following

  • Have from 1 May 2022 have 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; or
  • are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has a positive PCR test for coronavirus
  • are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has a positive PCR test for coronavirus are employed or self-employed;
  • are unable to work from home and will face reduced earnings as a result of self-isolating (we are working with local authorities to ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to demonstrate this); and
  • are currently receiving, have been awarded but not yet received a payment of, or have underlying eligibility (would ordinarily be entitled should an application have been made) for Universal Credit or one of the other named benefits based on earnings prior to their isolation period; or
  • are an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold

If you have no recourse to public funds or are an EEA national without settled status you will not be in receipt of the benefits listed but must be able to demonstrate you have a low income.

Evidence requirements

You will need to provide the following evidence to prove you are eligible.

  • proof that you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits
  • proof of low income if you are not in receipt of a qualifying benefit
  • a recent bank statement
  • proof of employment or self-employment and that you cannot work from home
  • if no recourse to public funds, a letter from immigration or your passport confirming no recourse

When a grant cannot be paid

A grant cannot be paid if

  • Test and Protect Service has not requested that you self-isolate.
  • Test and Protect requested that you self isolate before 28 September 2020
  • you are not employed or self-employed.

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 you self isolate on or after May 12 2022

If you have been asked to self isolate on or after Thursday 12 May you must check your eligibility for a Self-Isolation Support Grant on the Scottish Government website. 

If you self isolate before May 12 2022

If you have been asked to self isolate before Thursday 12 May 2022 you must complete the online form below.

Eligible applicants will receive a £225 grant paid directly to them. We aim to make payment to you within three working days of receiving a fully complete application with all supporting evidence.

Apply for Self-Isolation Support Grant before May 12 2022

If you do not satisfy the criteria but are in a financial crisis please visit the Scottish Welfare Fund page as you may be eligible for a Crisis Grant.

Self-Isolation Support Grant application line

This line is for applications only when you are unable to apply online. We are not able to provide updates over the telephone.

Our telephone opening times are Monday to Thursday 10am to 4.45pm and Friday 10am to 3.40pm

0131 469 2922