Self Isolation Support Grant
From 12 October the Scottish Welfare Fund are administering the Scottish Government Self Isolation Support Grant.
The grant will help people in receipt of low paid employment or self- employment who will suffer a loss of earned income as a result of being required to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 7th December the appropriate parent or primary carer of a child required to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service or a school–based Incident Management Team is also eligible for a grant providing they meet all the eligibility conditions.
Who can apply for a Self-Isolation Grant?
You may be eligible for a £500 payment if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are aged 16 or over and are resident in Moray; and
- You have been contacted by the Test and Protect Service and been told to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, either because you have tested positive or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; or from 07 December are the appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service or a school–based Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate ; and
- You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home; and
- Your earned income will be reduced as a result of self isolating e.g. you will only receive Statutory Sick Pay or no pay; and
- You are currently receiving (or have been awarded but have not yet received a payment 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 or from 07 December would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit (based on earned income prior to the self-isolation period) should an application have been made.
People subject to Immigration Control with No Recourse to Public Funds are not excluded from applying for this grant.
What evidence will I need to provide to support an application?
- A bank statement
- Proof of employment such as a recent wage slip or contract of employment, or if you are self-employed evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and that you cannot undertake your job/run your business from home.
- Proof of your household income if you are not in receipt of a benefit.
You may also be required to provide evidence that the Test and Protect Service has requested that you self-isolate, for example, by providing the SMS text messages they have sent you.
We can check that you are receiving Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit. We can also check with our Education Department of school based isolation notifications and if you are the appropriate person to make a claim for a grant.
A grant cannot be paid if:
- You or your child has not been told by the Test & Protect Service or school–based Incident Management Team to self-isolate.
- You are returning to the UK after being abroad or because you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested.
- You are not employed or self-employed.
- You will not experience reduced earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.
- You are not in receipt of or awaiting payment 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 or would not be entitled to Universal Credit, due to the level of your household income prior to self-isolation, should you have applied.
- You have been contacted by the Protect Scotland proximity app.
How do I apply?
Applications must be made during the 14 calendar day period of self-isolation.
Applications will be taken by Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub staff who are making pro-active contact with people named on the Test and Protect Scotland data being provided to councils on a daily basis.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive you should receive two SMS text from the Test and Protect Service. By replying to the second SMS text with your postcode your details will be passed to Grampian Coronavirus Hub staff who will phone you and discuss an application and other support available with you. Alternatively you can apply by phoning 0800 196 3384.
How we use your personal information
Our Privacy Notice tells you how we use the personal data you provide in a Self- Isolation Support Grant application.
For any queries or concerns about how your personal data is being processed you can contact the Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01343 562633. You can also consult the information available at the Information Commissioner's website: ico.org.uk
If your application is successful
If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will receive a grant of £500 which will be paid into your bank account. In cases where a child is required to isolate, payment can only be made to one person.
As a Self - Isolation Support Grant is conditional on earned income HMRC have confirmed the grant is taxable.
What help is available if I am not eligible for a self-isolation grant?
- If you are in immediate financial crisis you may be entitled to a Crisis Grant.
- You may be entitled to New Style Employment Support Allowance.
- The council’s Money Advice Moray service can give free and confidential help if you are facing money or debt problems. To make an appointment call 0300 123 4563.
- The Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub can give you details of help available locally with things like shopping, collecting prescriptions etc. You can call them on 0808 196 3384.
- Check out our Coronavirus – what you need to know page