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

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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Has Test and Protect told you to self-isolate?

This can also be the Protect Scotland app or the Incident Management Team.

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Who is the close contact?

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Were you told to self-isolate before 13 October 2021?

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Are you fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated means it's at least 14 days since you've had your final dose of a Covid vaccine.

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When you were told to self-isolate by Test and Protect, did you agree they could share your details with your local council?

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When were you told to self-isolate?

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Has someone else at home been told to self-isolate?

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Do they have a positive Covid PCR test result?

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Were they told to self-isolate before 13 October 2021?

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Are they fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated means it's at least 14 days since they've had their final dose of a Covid vaccine.

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When were they told to self-isolate?

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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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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.

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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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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Returning from abroad

You’re not able to get the Self Isolation Support Grant if the only reason you’re self-isolating is that you’ve just returned to Scotland from a trip abroad.

You’re only able to get the grant after returning from abroad if either:

  • you get a positive Covid PCR test result
  • you’re not fully vaccinated and Test and Protect tell you to self-isolate

If you test negative you do not qualify for the grant while you wait for your result.

You may not qualify for the grant if fully vaccinated

As you’re fully vaccinated you only qualify for the grant if you get a positive Covid PCR test result.

If you’ve been told to self-isolate and have not taken a Covid PCR test you should book a test as soon as you can.

If you’ve taken a test and not had the result, you must wait for your result before applying for the grant. If it’s negative you should not apply.

Warning

If you’re fully vaccinated and get a negative Covid PCR test result you no longer need to self-isolate. You do not qualify for the grant while you wait your result.

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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:

  • phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8012 - tell them that you agree Test and Protect can share your details with your local council
  • reply to a Test and Protect text message with your postcode - they'll text back asking you to agree to share your details with the 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 may not qualify for the grant

You may only be able to get the grant if your child or someone you care for has been told to self-isolate by Test and Protect.

If Test and Protect has told someone else you live with they need to self-isolate, that person needs to tell them you're a close contact.

If Test and Protect has not told you or anyone you live with to self-isolate, you'll not be able to get the grant.

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You may not qualify if they're fully vaccinated

You may not qualify if a child or someone you care for is fully vaccinated.

You’ll only qualify for the grant if they get a positive PCR test result.

If they’ve been told to self-isolate they should book a test as soon as possible.

Warning

If they’re fully vaccinated and test negative they no longer need to self-isolate. You do not qualify for the grant while they wait for their result.

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You may qualify for the Self-Isolation Support Grant

You can apply for and may be able to get the 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.

The council will review your case and confirm if you'll get the grant.

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.

The council will review your case and confirm if you'll get the grant.

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