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.
To be eligible to apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant you:
- are required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19
- 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 Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support; Housing Benefit, and/or Pension Credit
- 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 14 day self-isolation period.
Self-isolation support grant online form
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)