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Check if you’re able to get Self-Isolation Support Grant

Have you had the grant 3 times or more since 1 May 2022?

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Which council area do you live in?

The Self-Isolation Support Grant is for people aged 16 or over and living in Scotland.

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Do you work?

This includes if you're self-employed, freelance or work part-time.

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Will you lose earnings because you need to self-isolate?

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Have you tested positive for Covid?

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When you were contacted by Test and Protect, did you agree they could share your details with your local council?

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When did you get the PCR test result?

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Is there a reason for applying late?

You need to apply for the grant within 28 days of being told to self-isolate.

You can only now apply if you have a good reason for applying late. This includes things like if you were seriously ill, in hospital or if someone close has died. 

You may need proof of your reason for applying late. 

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Who has a positive test?

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Was it a positive PCR test result?

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When they were contacted by Test and Protect, did you agree Test and Protect could share details of everyone living in your home with your local council?

The council needs to know the name of everyone that lives with the person with the positive PCR test result.

 

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When were they told to self-isolate or advised to stay at home?

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Do you get any of these benefits or payments?

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
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Do you earn less than £1608.75 per month?

This amount is before deductions. For example, tax and National Insurance.

Do not include the earnings of anyone else – the £1608.75 figure applies to you only.

Even if you earn more than £1608.75 you may still be able to apply if your overall household income is below a certain amount.

We'll ask you about this in the next questions.

Disability benefits

For example, PIP, DLA or Child Disability Payment. If your income with disability benefits is more than £1608.75 by the amount of disability benefit you get, you should still apply.

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Do you claim a disability benefit?

For example, PIP, DLA or Child Disability Payment. 

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Are you single or in a couple?

The council will consider you a couple if you live together.

You can only have the grant 3 times in 12 months

From 1 May 2022 you can only get the grant 3 times in a rolling 12 month period.

Only grants paid to you on or after 1 May 2022 count towards the 3 grant limit.

Living outside of Scotland

You can only apply for this grant if you live in Scotland.

England

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

Wales

Apply to the Self-Isolation Support Scheme

Northern Ireland

Apply to the Discretionary Support Self-Isolation Grant

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You do not qualify for the grant

You can only get Self-Isolation Support Grant if you’ll lose earnings because you need to take time off work to self-isolate.

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Your application cannot be processed yet

You need to agree to Test and Protect sharing your details with your local council.

Your local council cannot process your application unless you do this.

How to agree Test and Protect can share your details with your local council

To allow Test and Protect to share your details, you can either:

  • reply to a text message from ‘Local Authority Grant Support’ to confirm you agree to Test and Protect sharing details with your local council
  • phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8012 - tell them that you agree Test and Protect can share your details with your local council

After agreeing that Test and Protect can share your details, wait 48 hours before you apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant. It can take up to 48 hours for Test and Protect to share your details.

You do not qualify for the grant

You can only get Self-Isolation Support Grant if you apply for the grant within 28 days of being told to self-isolate.

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You do not qualify

You may only get the grant if the person with a positive PCR test result is:

  • your child under 16
  • a young person or adult aged 16 or over that you are the carer for

This is because you do not need to self-isolate when in contact with someone with Covid, unless you have symptoms.

This is regardless of your vaccination status.

If you have symptoms then you should get a PCR test.

You can book a PCR test online.

You can also book a PCR test by phoning 119.

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You may qualify for the Self-Isolation Support Grant

You may qualify for the grant

Income levels for single people

You can apply for the grant if your household income is below the amounts shown.

The household income level depends on whether or not you have children. This amount is after deductions such as tax and National Insurance.

If you do not pay rent, a mortgage or have special circumstances

The low income levels are different if you do not pay rent or a mortgage. For example, if you’re an adult living at home with your parents.

For most single people who do not pay rent or a mortgage the monthly maximum personal earnings amount is £1608.75. This is the income before deductions of the individual person and not the household.

Special circumstances

Special circumstances can include if you:

  • are disabled or a carer (or another household member is)
  • have 2 or more children
  • have limited capability for work related activity
  • have childcare costs

In these cases the council will need to do an individual assessment of your income.

Income levels for a couple

You can apply for the grant if your household income is below the amounts shown.

The household income level depends on whether or not you have children. This amount is after deductions such as tax and National Insurance.

If you do not pay rent, a mortgage or have special circumstances

The low income levels are different if you do not pay rent or a mortgage. For example, if you’re a couple living in the home of one of your parents. 

Special circumstances

Special circumstances can include if you:

  • are disabled or a carer (or another household member is)
  • have 2 or more children
  • have limited capability for work related activity
  • have childcare costs

In these cases the council will need to do an individual assessment of your income.

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