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Scottish Welfare Fund

Self-Isolation Grant COVID-19

The Scottish Government has committed to providing a Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) of £500 to workers who:

  • live in in North Lanarkshire
  • are aged 16 and over
  • who receive a low-income benefit or earn the Real Living Wage or less, and
  • who will experience reduced earnings during their period of self-isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19

This is to support people who would otherwise struggle to be able to afford to comply with the requirement to self-isolate. It will provide them with the financial support they need to meet their basic needs during the 10-day period in which they are unable to work.

However, it does not cover people who are waiting for a test result or 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 (or equivalent service across the UK).

The scheme was expanded on:

  • 7 December 2020 - to include:
  1. parents or primary carers of children required to isolate, and
  2. applicants who would ordinarily have an underlying eligibility for Universal Credit (based on earnings prior to the self-isolation request period).
  • 16 February 2021 – to include:
  1. applicants who are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction
  2. applicants who earn the Real Living Wage or less or whose household income is less than Universal Credit + 25% for their circumstances
  3. carers of adults required to isolate, and
  4. a widening of the application period to 28 calendar days from being told to self-isolate.

Applications should be made within 28 days of being told to self-isolate and you will be eligible for a £500 payment if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • You, a child you are the primary carer for, or an adult you are the carer for, are required to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect or equivalent service, on or after 28 September
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • Are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings, and
  • 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 you would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit should an application have been made prior to your isolation:
      • Universal Credit
      • Working Tax Credit
      • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
      • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
      • Income Support
      • Housing Benefit
      • Pension Credit, and/or
      • Means-tested Council Tax Reduction, or
  • You are an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by the Scottish Government for this purpose, or
  • Your household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by Scottish Government for this purpose.

To apply, you will need to provide:

  • A bank statement (as a basic up-front fraud check and to check there is current need where a person is applying out-with their self-isolation period
  • Proof of low income if you are not in receipt of a benefit listed abov
  • Proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact or cannot be undertaken because of childcare or caring responsibilities, and
  • A declaration, separately or as part of the application form, that you will experience reduced earnings during your period of self-isolation.
  • Where you are a carer of an adult who is required to isolate, you should confirm via the self-declaration question, that you are the primary carer, you meet all the qualifying criteria and you will experience a loss in earnings as a result of not being able to work to care for the adult.
  • Where it is a child who is required to isolate, you should confirm via the self-declaration question that you are the parent or primary carer, you meet all the qualifying criteria and you will experience a loss in earnings as a result of staying home to care for the child.

People in the same household can make individual applications to receive the grant if they each meet all the eligibility criteria.

In cases where a child or an adult requiring support from a carer is required to isolate, only one payment can be made for that period. Where you are also making a claim to support your own self-isolation period, an additional grant for caring for an adult or looking after a child cannot be awarded.

The payments are designed to support people who earn less than the Real Living Wage or receive a low-income benefit and who will experience a reduction in earnings during their isolation period. As such, HMRC has advised that the payment will be subject to income tax.

Page last updated:
15 Feb 2021

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