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 £500 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

Eligibility for the scheme was further expanded on 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%

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.

Who can apply

To apply you must meet all of the following

  • have been advised by Test and Protect to self-isolate due to COVID-19 or are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 where the child has been required to self-isolate by Test and Protect or through the local authorities own records for school based notifications of isolation or are the primary carer of an adult where the cared for adult has been required to self-isolate by Test and Protect or by a local incident Management Team
  • be employed or self employed
  • 16 years old or over
  • experience reduced earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate
  • not be able to work from home 
  • are assessed as having a low income, either:
    • your household is currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of the following benefits, or whose income is such that they would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit should an application have been made prior to self-isolation:
    • Universal Credit
    • Income Support
    • Income Related Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
    • Housing Benefit
    • Working Tax Credits
    • Pension Credit
    • Council Tax Reduction; or
    • an applicant earns less than the Real Living Wage

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
  • a recent bank statement
  • proof of employment or self-employment and that you cannot work from home
  • proof that your earned income will reduce as a result of having to self-isolate
  • 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.

How to apply

Eligible applicants will receive a £500 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

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