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Omicron variant

If you have been advised to isolate due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant and are applying for the Self-isolation Support Grant, please email your contact details in the first instance to and a member of the team will contact you.

Scottish Welfare Fund

Self-Isolation Grant COVID-19

If you're over 16, a resident of North Lanarkshire, a low-income worker and Test and Protect tell you to self-isolate, you may be able to get a £500 Self Isolation Support Grant.

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

Eligibility for the scheme was changed on 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 vaccination status.

You can check your eligibility 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:
06 Dec 2021

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