Self Isolation Support Grant

Please note that we are currently experiencing a significant increase in applications and enquiries therefore inevitably there will be delays in processing applications and responding to enquiries and emails.

Please do not contact us for an update on applications; we will contact you via e-mail as soon as we can so please bear with us.

The Scottish Welfare Fund are administering the Scottish Government Self Isolation Support Grant.

The grant will help people in receipt of low paid employment or self- employment who will suffer a loss of earned income as a result of them or their child or the person they care for being required to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Who can apply for a Self-Isolation Grant?

Eligibility for a £500 payment is restricted to people who have received a public health request by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 and have agreed that the Test and Protect Service can share their data with Moray Council. To allow Test and Protect to share your details with us you can either:

  • Phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8012 - tell them that you agree Test and Protect can share your details with Moray Council.
  • Reply to a Test and Protect text message with your postcode - they'll text back asking you to agree to share your details with Moray council.

To check if you meet the self-isolation criteria for the grant please check: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-scottish-welfare-fund-statutory-guidance/pages/eligibility/

In addition you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are aged 16 or over and are resident in Moray; and
  • You are employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home; and
  • Your earned income will be reduced as a result of you, your child or the person you are caring for self isolating e.g. you will only receive Statutory Sick Pay or no pay; and
  • You are assessed as being on a low income prior to self-isolating either because
    • You are currently receiving (or have been awarded but have not yet received a payment of) Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit or Council Tax Reduction; or
    • you earn less than the Real Living Wage; or
    • your household income meets the low income threshold set for Moray by Scottish Government. Further information on the low income thresholds is available at https://www.mygov.scot/self-isolation-grant/check-if-youre-eligible

People subject to Immigration Control with No Recourse to Public Funds are not excluded from applying for this grant.

To check if you might be eligible visit https://www.mygov.scot/self-isolation-grant/check-if-youre-eligible

What evidence will I need to provide to support an application?

  • A recent bank statement
  • Proof of employment such as your last monthly or 5 weekly wage slip(s) prior to self isolation or contract of employment, or if you are self-employed evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income, business bank account and that you cannot undertake your job/run your business from home.
  • Proof of your household income if you are not in receipt of a low income benefit or earn more than the Real Living Wage.

You will also need to have agreed to the Test and Protect Service sharing your information with Moray Council.

To allow Test and Protect to share your details with us you can either:

  • Phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8012 - tell them that you agree Test and Protect can share your details with Moray Council.
  • Reply to a Test and Protect text message with your postcode - they'll text back asking you to agree to share your details with Moray council.

We will check that you are receiving Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit.

We will also check with our Education Department or Incident Management Team if you are the appropriate person to make a claim for a grant.

A grant cannot be paid if:

  • You were not in receipt of a low income benefit, earned more than the Real Living Wage or your household income exceeded the low income threshold set for Moray by Scottish Government in the month prior to your isolation started. Further information on the low income thresholds is available at https://www.mygov.scot/self-isolation-grant/check-if-youre-eligible
  • You have not agreed for your self-isolation data, including your case status and vaccination status, to be shared with Moray Council
  • You, your child or the person you care for has tested negative following a PCR test
  • You, your child or the person you care for has tested positive following a LFD test
  • You, your child or the person you care for are fully vaccinated or are treated as fully vaccinated for Coronavirus and are awaiting the result of a PCR test
  • You, your child or the person you care for under the age of 18 years and 4 months are fully vaccinated or are treated as fully vaccinated and are a close contact of someone who has tested positive
  • You, your child or the person you care for have not been told by the Test and Protect Service, Protect Scotland app or Incident Management Team to self-isolate.
  • You are off work awaiting a PCR test result
  • You are self-isolating because you have just returned to Scotland after a trip abroad. You do not qualify whilst you are awaiting a PCR test result or if you test negative.
  • You are not employed or self-employed.
  • You are able to work from home
  • You will not experience reduced earnings as a result of you, your child or the person you care for being required to self-isolate

How do I apply?

Applications can be made at any point during the 28 calendar days from the day you, your child or the person you care for is told to self-isolate. If you delay making an application you may not qualify unless you have a good reason for applying late. Your financial need must also be current at the time you apply.

Applications will be taken by Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub staff who are telephoning people named on the Test and Protect data being provided to councils on a daily basis. It is important that you agree to the Test and Protect Service sharing your data with Moray Council.

Alternatively you can apply by phoning 0808 196 3384.

Before applying check if you might be eligible by visiting https://www.mygov.scot/self-isolation-grant/check-if-youre-eligible

If you have received an alert from the Protect Scotland app requiring you to self-isolate and wish to apply for a grant click on the link ‘Send a Certificate’ in the alert. You will then be taken to a form. The form tells you about the grant and allows you to check if you are eligible. If you are tick the box and enter your postcode. We will then be sent a certificate to support a grant application. Please note you still need to make a grant application by phoning 0808 196 3384.

How we use your personal information

Our Privacy Notice tells you how we use the personal data you provide in a Self- Isolation Support Grant application.

For any queries or concerns about how your personal data is being processed you can contact the Data Protection Officer at info@moray.gov.uk or 01343 562633. You can also consult the information available at the Information Commissioner's website: ico.org.uk

If your application is successful

If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will receive a grant of £500 which will be paid into your bank account. In cases where a child or a person being cared for is required to isolate, payment can only be made to one person.

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.

What help is available if I am not eligible for a self-isolation grant?

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