Details of the new Scottish Government’s Self-Isolation Support Grant were announced during the First Minister’s Covid update this afternoon. The details are:
Expected start date is 12/10/2020
- The one-off amount is £500
- The grant will be administered by each local authority’s existing Scottish Welfare Fund, and applications will be made through existing SWF systems
- The grant is for those who will face financial hardship due to a loss of income, due to needing to self-isolate
- To be eligible, a person must have been told to self-isolate through the Test & Protect programme (people should work from home where possible,
and the Scottish Government would expect employers to continue to pay people while they are working)
It’s targeted at people in receipt of UC/legacy benefits (eg Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, income based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment Support Allowance) – with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship.
If you would like any advice or assistance in relation to this, please contact Pauline or Candice from CHA’s Financial Inclusion team.