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Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG)

The Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) will close on 5 January 2023. If you booked a PCR test through the SISG portal on or before this date, you can apply for the grant up to 28 days from your positive PCR test result.

If you’re eligible for the grant and were unable to apply within 28 days from your positive PCR test result, your local council may be able to consider your application. This is only if you were unable to apply within the 28 days because of something that you could not control.

Scottish Welfare Fund

Self-Isolation Grant COVID-19

If you’re over 16, a resident of North Lanarkshire, a low-income worker and have a positive PCR test result, you may be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant.

If you receive the positive PCR test result on:

  • 1 May or after, the grant is one payment of £225

Please note that from 1 May 2022 applicants can only receive the grant three times in any 12-month period.

What you need to provide

When you apply for your self-isolation grant you must provide all of the following:

  • a bank statement
  • proof of low income if you do not claim benefits
  • proof of employment or self-employment

You'll also need to allow Test and Protect to share your information with your local council.


To get the grant all of these four things must apply:

  1. You must be told by Test and Protect or the Incident Management Team to self-isolate, or you are:

    • the parent or carer of a child under 16 who has been told to self-isolate

    • caring for someone over 16 who has been told to self-isolate

  2. You must be employed or self-employed.

  3. You'll lose income because you cannot work from home.

  4. You must be on a low income (as set by Scottish Government) or be getting one of these benefits:

    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit
    • Means-Tested Council Tax Reduction

You can check if qualify and how to apply on the Scottish Government website.

Please note - the income assessment period is done in line with the normal Universal Credit requirements and is based on earnings/income paid in the month prior to your isolation period and not based on the period of isolation itself.

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'll 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 need to file one.

No recourse to public funds (NRPF)

You can still apply for the grant if your right to live in the UK includes the condition that you have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). When applying you will need to provide proof of this.

If you have any difficulties please email providing your name, address and contact telephone number and we will be in touch.

Page last updated:
08 Dec 2022

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