Supporting People who are Self-Isolating
Self-isolation can be difficult but it is a powerful tool for controlling the transmission of COVID-19. Help and support is available to you while you are self isolating.
To assist people who may experience financial hardship as a result of being asked to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Team, a Self-Isolation Support Grant of £500 has been introduced and comes into effect on 12 October 2020.
You may be eligible for a £500 payment if you meet the following criteria:
- You are required to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect, on or after 28th September and
- You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home (if you are self-employed you may be able to claim New Style Employment & Support Allowance) and
- Your income is reduced as a result e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay and
- You 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
Grants are paid per eligible person, not per household, therefore a couple who both meet the eligibility criteria for a grant will be paid £500 each.
To assess your application we will need the following evidence
- Evidence that the Test & Protect Service has requested that you self-isolate,
- Proof that you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits (we can check this for you),
- A bank statement,
- Proof of employment/self-employment and that you cannot undertake your job/run your business without social contact or from home.
- Proof that your pay/income will reduce as a result of having to self-isolate.
Evidence should be emailed to ScottishWelfareFund@dumgal.gov.uk clearly stating - SISG along with your name and full address.
When a grant cannot be paid
If the Test & Protect Service has not requested that you self-isolate. For example, you would not qualify if you are self-isolating because you are returning to the UK after being abroad or because you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested. If you are self-isolating under any other circumstances and you are struggling financially then you should apply for a Crisis Grant https://dumgal.gov.uk/article/15158/Crisis-grants.
If the Test & Protect Service requested that you self-isolate prior to 28 September.
- If you are not employed or self-employed.
Decisions on SISG applications should be made within 3 working days of receipt of all evidence.