Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Self-isolation support grant

If you are required to self-isolate but will lose income because you are unable to work from home, help may be available through the Self-Isolation Support Grant. Administered through the Scottish Welfare Fund, a payment of £500 is available if you are in receipt of low income benefits and will lose income due to self-isolating.

These payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for the payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions.

Am I eligible?

You can apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant if you are:

  • required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19
  • the parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service, local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate

And you

  • 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, and/or Pension Credit
  • have an income level that means you would be entitled to Universal Credit if you had made an application before you had to self-isolate
  • will experience reduced earnings as a result of self-isolating 

How to apply

Apply online and submit your supporting evidence. You can apply at any point during the 10 day self-isolation period. (Move from 14 to 10 days takes effect from Monday 14 December 2020.)

Self-isolation support grant online form

Contact Information

Council Headquarters
London Road
East Ayrshire
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Telephone: 01563 554400
Textphone: 01563 576167
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