From 12 October 2020, individuals living in the Stirling Council area are entitled to a Test and Protect Support Payment. This is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Protect and will lose income as a result. It will also be available for people with No Recourse to Public Funds under Public Health regulations.
Eligibility for the scheme was expanded on 7 December 2020 to include:
1) Parents or primary carers of children required to isolate.
2) Applicants who would ordinarily have an underlying eligibility for Universal Credit (based on earnings prior to the self-isolation request period); who experience a reduction in earnings as a result of being asked to self-isolate.
Eligibility for the scheme was expanded further on 16 February 2021 to include:
1) Applicants who are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction.
2) Applicants who earn the Real Living Wage or less.
3) Identified appropriate carers of adults required to isolate.
4) A widening of the application period to 28 days from being told to self-isolate.Someone told to self-isolate on or after 2 February will need to be able to make a backdated claim for payment.
Eligibility for the scheme was expanded further on 16 May 2021 to include:
Anyone who has been identified as a secondary contact as part of a specific localised exercise.
The payments are designed to support people with low incomes who will experience a reduction in earnings as a result of having to self-isolate. As such HMRC has advised that the payment will be subject to income tax.
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.
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 restriction.
Important Notice:If you have been contacted by test and protect we will contact you soon to establish if you qualify for the payment and you do not need to fill in this application. Please ensure you have agreed with Test and Protect to share your information 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 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, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus, have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or have been identified as a secondary contact.
- 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 contact with someone who has tested positive and this requirement can be individually verified.
- You are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate.
In addition, prior to the self-isolation period, you must meet the following criteria:
- Are employed or self-employed
- Are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result
- Are assessed as having a low income
- 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.
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, wage slips, evidence that your income/earnings will reduce during the self-isolation period.
What you'll need to know
During this application you will be asked for the below information.
- National insurance number
- Employment details
- Most recent wage slip, or confirmation from HMRC that registered as self employed
- Bank details
- Most recent monthly bank statement
- Confirmation from your employer that you are unable to work from home and will lose earnings due to this.
- 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 the Council will use the information I have given them to decide whether to award me a Self Isolation Support Grant.
- I authorise the Council to check the information that I have given them with: the Department for Work and Pensions, against information already held about me and my household, and to make any other enquiries to check the information on the form.
- I authorise the 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 advice providers.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:31 PM