Please check you meet the criteria detailed below and if you have any questions regarding eligibility you can contact the team on 01786 233210.

The Scottish Government has committed to providing a Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) of £500 to workers who earn less than the Real Living Wage or are in receipt of a low income benefit, and who will experience reduced earnings as a result of them, their child or the person they are caring for being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID- 19. This will support people who would otherwise struggle to be able to afford to comply with the requirement to self-isolate. It will provide them with the financial support they need to meet their basic needs during the 10-day period in which they are unable to work.

These payments are designed to help ensure workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test, and their close contacts who have not yet been vaccinated, self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further Economic and societal restrictions. It will also be available for people with Recourse to Public Funds under Public Health regulations.

Applications must be made within 28 days of being advised to self-Isolate by Test and Protect.

Eligibility for the scheme was changed on 11 December 2021 to enable identified household contacts of someone who has tested positive to be eligible regardless of their vaccination status if they have to isolate for the required 10-day period.

Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 6 January 2022 to require that individuals identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) who have been fully vaccinated (including their booster) become eligible only when they themselves test positive following public health policy’s return to the isolation requirements prior to 30 November 2021. This includes children and young people under the age of 18 years and 4 months who are treated as fully vaccinated from this date.

The SISG does not cover people who are:

  • waiting for a test result or self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or from 13 October 2021 are not fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK)
  • from 13 October 2021 are fully vaccinated or from 6 January 2022 are treated as fully vaccinated as defined by public health guidance with the coronavirus vaccine (including booster) and are waiting for a test result or self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK)

Important Notice:Please ensure you have responded to your text from Test and Protect with your postcode. If you do not have this, please contact them on 0800 030 8012 and give them authority to share your details with Stirling Council or we will be unable to proceed with your application.

Please read the Privacy Notice before completing the form.

Eligibility for a Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG) is restricted to people who:

  • Have received a public health request by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, because they have tested positive for coronavirus through a PCR test (we are unable to accept positive lateral flows)

  • Have received a public health request by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because they have recently been in close contact with someone who has either tested positive, or has received a public health request to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern included on the list published by the Scottish Government and that individual’s public health request can be verified

  • Have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and have received a public health request by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because they have recently been in close, household or non-household contact with someone who has tested positive

  • Have not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and have been notified by the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 because they have recently been in close, household or non-household contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and this requirement can be individually verified

  • Are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus through a PCR test

  • Are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus through a PCR test.

In addition, prior to the self-isolation period, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Are employed or self-employed
  • Are assessed as having a low income
  • Are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result
  • Household is currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of the following benefits, or whose income is such that they would ordinarily be entitled to Universal Credit should an application have been made prior to isolation. 
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit
    • Means-tested Council Tax Reduction
  • Are an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by the Scottish Government for this purpose
  • You may also be eligible for the grant if you are on a low income and have no resource to Public Funds.
    Household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ for this purpose for their household type in their local authority area, being 25% above the UC level, as detailed in the Ready Reckoner table provided by the Scottish Government for this purpose.

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.

You will need to provide evidence to verify your application from NHS Test & Protect that you cannot work from home and evidence that your income/earnings will be reduced due to self-isolating.

The SISG does not cover people who are:

  • Waiting for a test result or self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus, or from 13 October who is not fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and has been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK)
  • From 13 October are fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and are waiting for a test result or self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK).

Earning ThresholdYou can apply for the grant if your personal earnings are £1,608.75 or less per month. This amount is before deductions such as tax and National Insurance

If your personal earnings are over this you might still qualify under your total household income.Household Income Levels
The household income level depends on your household type and whether or not you have children. This amount is after deductions such as tax and National Insurance.

If you do not pay rent, a mortgage, or have special circumstances
The low-income levels are different if you do not pay rent or a mortgage. For example, if you’re an adult living at home with your parents.

Special circumstances

Special circumstances can include if you:

  • are disabled or a carer (or another household member is)
  • have more than 2 children
  • have limited capacity for work-related activity
  • have childcare costs

In these cases, the council will need to do an individual assessment of your income.

 

During this application you will be asked for the below information.

  • National Insurance Number
  • Employment details
  • Most recent wage slip, or confirming of your last 4 weeks earnings prior to self-isolation if you are self-employed
  • Bank details
  • Most recent bank statement
  • Confirmation from your employer that you are unable to work from home and you will have a loss of earnings due to self-isolating. An email confirming you can’t work from home is not sufficient itself.
  • I declare that the information I have given on this form is correct and complete as far as I know and believe
  • I understand that Stirling Council will use the information I have given them to decide whether to award me a Self-Isolation Support Grant
  • I authorise Stirling Council to check the information that I have given them with: the Department of Work and Pensions, against the information already held about me and my household, and to make any other enquiries to check the information on the form.
  • I authorise Stirling Council to retain a copy of the form and understand that it may be held electronically and may be shared with other Council Services and relevant agencies, for example other councils or advise providers.

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Last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 8:29 AM