COVID-19 Self-isolation Support Grant

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

If you are unwell, have been absent from work and have tested positive with a PCR for COVID-19, or have been absent from work because you are the main carer of a child under 16, or a disabled adult over 16, who has tested positive with a PCR for COVID-19 you may be eligible to receive a one-off payment of £250. You must also give permission for Test and Protect to share the result with Aberdeenshire Council. 

Before you can apply you must check if you qualify, and order a PCR test, on the Scottish Government website.

If you qualify, and test positive with a PCR test for COVID-19, you can then apply for the Self-isolation Support Grant below. 

Please note that for the purpose of applying for a Self-isolation grant a positive lateral flow test for you, your child, or the person you are caring for is not sufficient. This is in accordance with the Scottish Governments Self-isolation Grant guidance

Evidence requirements

You will need to provide evidence as part of your application to verify your application. We will contact you to discuss your application on your preferred contact method, and we will let you know what evidence is required. 

The types of evidence you may be asked for are as follows:

  • Evidence of the requirement to stay at home from NHS Scotland Test and Protect Service. For example, proof of your positive PCR test result. 
  • Proof that you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits. 
  • Proof of low income
  • A bank statement
  • Proof of my employment/self-employment and confirmation that I cannot undertake my job/run my business without social contact or from home.
  • Proof that your pay or income will reduce as a result of having to the follow the "stay at home" guidance.

How to apply

Apply for a self-isolation grant

View the Scottish Welfare Fund privacy notice (PDF 197KB).

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m self-isolating after returning to the UK after being abroad, can I apply?

No, you are not eligible under this scheme. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to apply for a Crisis Grant.

I am following the stay at home guidance because I have symptoms, but I haven’t been tested, can I apply?

As advised by Public Health Scotland, we understand that you, your child, or the person you are caring for are not required to take a PCR test to confirm if you have Covid-19.

However, for the purpose of applying for a Self-isolation grant you, your child, or the person you are caring for must book a PCR test and get a positive result before you can be considered.  This is in accordance with Scottish Government guidance for 'Self-isolation Grants' 

If you meet the other eligibility requirements for the Self-isolation Support Grant you can order a PCR test on the Scottish Government website. 

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to make a decision within three working days, however we are experiencing an unprecedented volume of applications and enquiries. Current timescales for processing of grant applications are approximately 6-8 weeks upon receiving a fully completed application along with all supporting evidence.

How long do I get to apply?

Applications can be made at any point during the 28-calendar day period of being advised to stay at home by Test and Protect.

I’m not eligible, what other support might be available to me?

If you are experiencing financial hardship and you are unable to meet your daily living expenses, you may be entitled to apply for a Crisis Grant. You will still be required to meet certain eligibility criteria.

Can I receive more than one Self-isolation Grant?

From 1st May 2022 individuals can claim no more than three Self-isolation Grants within a 12-month period, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for each individual claim.

I am on sick leave from my work only receiving Statutory Sick Pay, am I entitled to the Self-isolation support grant?

Yes, as long as you meet all of the other eligibility requirements for the Self-Isolation support grant.

Is this payment taxable?

Yes, the payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.  

What happens if I’m self-employed?

The payment will be a coronavirus support payment and therefore a revenue receipt of your business, contributing towards your profits. The payment will need to be included on your Self-Assessment Tax Return along with any other coronavirus support payments you may have received. 

What happens if I’m employed?

There is nothing you need to do. If your income for the year is not more than £12,500, you will not have any tax to pay. If tax is due, HMRC will automatically recover it from your pay through a change in your tax code. HMRC will send you a new tax code notice. Contact HMRC for more information.

Does the payment impact existing benefit entitlements?

No, the payment does not affect existing entitlements to Universal Credit, Pension Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit. The payment will also be disregarded as income for the purposes of tax credits.

Contact us

Email: sig@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01467 533222