The Scottish Government provides a Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) to people who work and on a low income and who will lose earnings as a result of them, their child or someone they provide care for being advised to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Check eligibility

Eligibility criteria is regularly reviewed and was updated on 1 May 2022.  You cannot apply for the grant until you check your eligibility for the grant using the eligibility checker on the mygov.scot website.  From 1 May 2022 you, your child or the person you provide care for, must have a positive PCR result. You can apply at any point up to 28 days from your positive result.

Check if you're eligible on mygov.scot

You need to allow Test and Protect to share your details with us.   We cannot process your application until you agree to do this. You can do this by replying to the text message you received to confirm your agreement or by contacting the National Centre on 0800 080 3012 and asking them to tick the share box on your record.   

Who does qualify

From 1 May 2022, eligibility for the scheme was changed further and no longer includes close contacts. You, or the person you care for, must have a positive PCR result which has been confirmed by Test and Protect.

In summary, you can apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant if:

  • you are advised to stay at home because you have had a positive by PCR result, or
  • you are the identified parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has had a positive PCR result, or
  • you are the appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has had a positive PCR result. 

In addition, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • are aged 16 or over
  • live in the local authority area
  • are employed or self-employed
  • are unable to work from home
  • are in receipt of, or have recently been awarded:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support: Housing Benefit, Pension Credit or means-tested Council Tax Reduction, or
  • earn less than the Real Living Wage threshold, or
  • your household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of 'low income’, being no more than 25% above the Universal Credit level for your circumstances
  • and will experience reduced earnings as a result of self-isolating.

From 1 May 2022, eligible applicants will receive a payment of £225 to reflect the shorter stay at home period with awards capped at a maximum of three over a 12-month rolling period.

Who does not qualify

You cannot apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant if:

  • you do not work,
  • you did not get a positive PCR result,
  • you only took a lateral flow test and did not go on to get a positive PCR test result,
  • you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

You can check the latest self-isolation rules at NHS Inform: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Low income eligibility

Low income means you receive one of the qualifying benefits or your personal earnings or household income is less than the amount shown below: 

Income eligibility ready reckoner
 Household typeYou are eligible if either:
(a) your household income* is no more than this amount monthly after deductions:(b) you personally earn no more than this amount monthly before deductions:
Single with no children £1,757.55 £1,608.75
Couple with no children £2191.20 £1,608.75
Single with one child £3,016.62 £1,608.75
Couple with one child £3,450.28 £1,608.75
Single with two children £3,742.47 £1,608.75
Couple with  two children £4,176.13 £1,608.75
Single with three children £4,740.33 £1,608.75
Couple with three children £5,173.99 £1,608.75

*Figures for household income reflect thresholds applied to earnings from 6 April 2022

How to apply

You must check your eligibility, book a PCR test or confirm your test results at mygov.scot.  If you are likely to qualify for the grant you will be taken to a booking form to arrange a PCR test or report a positive test result. You will then be sent full details of how to submit your grant application to us. You can apply at any point up to 28 days from your positive result.

Check if you qualify and how to apply

What you need to apply

You must submit evidence in support of your application.  Required evidence includes:

  • proof of identity showing your name and date of birth, i.e. your passport or driving licence
  • proof of residency showing your address, i.e. a recent council tax bill or utility bill
  • a recent bank statement (within one month) confirming your bank details and showing payment of your most recent salary or trading income
  • if employed, proof of your employment and earnings in the form of a recent payslip (within one month)
  • if self-employed, proof of recent trading income (within one month) and recent evidence of self-assessment returns
  • if in receipt of a low income benefit, evidence of this paid to your bank account
  • if on Universal Credit, a screenshot of your most recent journal page
  • if not in receipt of benefits, proof of low income if applying on a household basis
  • details of your Test and Protect or Protect Scotland notification requiring you to self-isolate

Failure to provide all required evidence with your application will result in your application being refused and you will be asked to re-apply.

Self-isolation payments are taxable. 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 will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment.  If you’re self-employed, you must report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to process my application?

We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications; you should not contact us for an update until 14 days have passed. If you do need to contact us you must quote, your application reference number and the word update in the subject. If you contact us prior to 14-day period, you will not receive a response to your enquiry

How will I know my application has been received?

You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application and your Case Reference Number. This should be retained for any enquiries you may have. Please ensure you check your junk and spam email for your confirmation, it will come from a NoReply email address. You should not contact us for an update until 14 days have passed.

I have been told you cannot process my application, as I do not appear on the Public Health Scotland List, how do I contact them?

We cannot process your application unless you have given Test and Protect consent to share your details with us.If you have not already done so, please call the National Centre on 0800 030 8012 asking them to tick the 'share box' on your record. This will help to ensure no further delay to the processing of your application.

Why have I been told to reapply?

Any application, which does not meet the required evidence standard, will be rejected and you will be asked to reapply.You should ensure that any evidence you submit adheres to the evidence criteria detailed on our website and on the application form. Submitting evidence, which does not meet the required standard, will lead to a delay in your application being processed and it possibly being refused.

How long after my application is awarded, will it take to receive my payment?

After you have received confirmation that your application has been awarded, payment can take up to five working days to be processed, this may take longer during public holidays. You should not contact us for an update until after five working days have passed.

I have a positive PCR confirmed by Test and Protect, how do I now apply for the Self Isolation Support Grant?

Apply online for Self Isolation Support Grant.

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