The £500 Self Isolation Support Grant is available to help those in work who are on a low income and would lose some, or all, of their earnings because they need to self isolate.
New criteria apply from 13th October 2021. From that date, individuals identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) who have been fully vaccinated become eligible only when they themselves test positive.
You can check if you’re eligible by visiting the Scottish Government’s webpages.
You can apply for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant if you
You must meet all three of the above criteria to qualify for a Self Isolation Support Grant.
If you have given Test and Protect your permission to share your details with us, we will call you to explain the criteria and ask you if you wish to make an application for the Self Isolation Support Grant.
You will need to provide certain information when making the application so it may help if you are able to gather these together if you think you qualify for this assistance.
You will require the following information:
We will also require proof that you have been instructed to self isolate by the Test and Protect Service or Protect Scotland app. If we are contacting you we already have the proof we require for this.
If you are contacting us because you would like to apply for the Self Isolation Support Grant it is probable that we have not been told that you have been required to self isolate. In that case we cannot, automatically, confirm your status.
This might have happened because:
You can contact the National Centre for the Test and Protect Service on 0800 030 8012 to ask that your consent status be changed to Yes to allow your information to be shared with us. If you do that we will receive notification the next working day and will have the evidence necessary to show that you have been instructed to self isolate.
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.
We may need to share some personal information with third parties who are helping us to deliver support. See our privacy notice.