Supporting to self-isolate - new rules from 1st May 2022

From 1st May 2022, there is no legal requirement to self-isolate and as a result the rules for Self-Isolation Support Grants are also changing.

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If you are unwell, have been absent from work and have tested positive on a PCR for Covid-19 from 1st May 2022 or have been absent from work because you are the main carer of a child/disabled adult who has tested positive on a PCR for Covid-19 from 1st May 2022 you may be eligible to receive a one-off payment of £225.

To qualify you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • You must have a positive PCR test result and you must also give consent to share the result with the Local Authority.  (if claiming as the main carer of a child or disabled person over 16 this rule applies to the person you care for)
  • You must have lost income as a result of being absent from employment/self-employment.
  • You must be on a low income, either personal gross income of less than £1608.75 or net household income less than the following table:




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

For those with symptoms/PCR test on or after 1st May 2022

To apply for the grant and/or to book a PCR test please visit

When your application is received by Dumfries and Galloway Council you will be sent a confirmation email with further instructions.

If you were asked to isolate by Test and Protect prior to 1st May 2022

You can still apply for a Self-isolation Support Grant if you were asked to isolate by Test and Protect in the 28 days prior to 1st May 2022.

Please call 030 3333 3007 and someone will call you back to take your application over the phone.

Further information

Please note, if you have already submitted an application then do not apply again for the same period. If that application was refused and you disagree with the decision then please email and ask for a review.

To assess your application, we will need the following evidence:

  • Proof of your positive PCR test (If claiming as a parent of a child, the child's PCR test) or your message from Test & Protect advising you to self-isolate if you are a close contact prior to 1st May 2022
  • Proof of your pre-self-isolation income
  • A bank statement, showing your name, address, sort code and account number to allow payment to be made
  • 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 clearly stating 'SISG', along with your name, National Insurance Number and full address.

A grant cannot be paid if:

  • 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.
  • If you are not employed or self-employed.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact prior to 1st May 2022 but continued to have a negative lateral flow test