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 to workers who are in receipt of low income benefits, who earn less than the Real Living Wage threshold or whose household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ and will lose income due to either them, their child or someone they care for 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.
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
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
- the primary carer of a person over 16 who is required by the Test and Protect Service or local public health director to self-isolate
- 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
- and will experience reduced earnings as a result of self-isolating
Check your income eligibility in the table below:
| Find your household type||You are eligible if either:|
|(a) your household earns no more than this amount each month:||(b) you personally earn no more than this amount each month:|
|Single with no children
|Couple with no children
|Single with one child
|Couple with one child
|Single with two children
|Couple with two children
|Single with three children
|Couple with three children
How to apply
Apply online and submit your supporting evidence. You can apply at any point up to 28 days from the time you were requested to self-isolate.
Self-isolation support grant online form