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SWF - Self Isolation Support Grant

Scottish Welfare Fund - Self Isolation Support Grant

Please note that we are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand for Self Isolation Support Grants. If you have made your application within the past 15 working days there is no need to contact us, we will be processing your application and will contact you directly. We appreciate your patience and will get back to you as quickly as possible.


Self-Isolation Support Grant criteria

To be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You must be told by Test and Protect or the Incident Management Team to self-isolate, or you are:
    • the parent or carer of a child under 16 who has been told to self-isolate
    • caring for someone over 16 who has been told to self-isolate
  2. From the 13 October 2021, if you're fully vaccinated or just returned from abroad, you only qualify for the grant if you get a positive PCR result.

    • 'Fully vaccinated' means that it's at least 14 days since you've had your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For most children, aged 12 - 17, fully vaccinated means having received one vaccine dose with at least 14 days passing since the vaccination date.  There are some children who may be offered 2 doses.

  3. You must be employed or self-employed.

  4. You'll lose income because you cannot work from home.

  5. Your earnings must be below the Low Income Levels set by the Scottish Government or getting one of these benefits:

    • Universal Credit

    • Working Tax Credit

    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

    • Income Support

    • Housing Benefit

    • Pension Credit

    • Council Tax Reduction

Full information on the Self-Isolation Support Grant is available from the Scottish Government on their Scottish Welfare Fund and Self-Isolation Support Grant guidance page.

Before you apply

Test and Protect will text you if they identify you as a close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid. 

They'll ask you to reply to the text to agree to share these details with your local council. This is so you can apply for the grant.  If you haven't already done this, please call the National Centre on 0800 030 8012 to give consent.

Glasgow City Council cannot process your application unless you agree for Test and Protect to share these details.   

Once you agree, it will take around 24 to 48 hours for us to get your details.

To apply for a Self-Isolation Support Grant, you will need to provide:

  • a bank statement; and
  • proof of low income if you are not in receipt of a listed benefit
  • proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact, and
  • a statement declaring that you
    • will experience reduced income during your period of self-isolation, or
    • where a child is required to isolate, confirm that you are the parent or primary carer, meet all the qualifying criteria and will experience a loss in earnings as a result of staying home to care for the child, or
    • where an adult cared for person is required to isolate, confirm that you are the primary carer, meet all the qualifying criteria and will experience a loss in earnings as a result of staying home to care for the child.

We will check that you:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by Test and Protect
  • have/have not been fully vaccinated; and
  • are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

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.

You can make an application here

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