Please check you meet the criteria detailed below. 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) 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 or advised to stay at home 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 or stay at home. It will provide them with the financial support they need to meet their basic needs during the 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 when needed, stay at home 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.

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

Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 7 March 2022 to require that individuals who have themselves tested positive in the last 28 days and who are identified as contacts by Test and Protect (or equivalent service across the UK) are only eligible if they develop new symptoms and subsequently test positive.

Eligibility for the scheme was changed further on 1 May 2022 to enable individuals who have had a positive PCR test to be eligible when advised by Test and Protect to stay at home.   From 1 May 2022 we will be unable to make an award for any close contact applications regardless of vaccination status.

Applicants who meet the eligible criteria for the period from 28 September 2020 to 30 April 2022, will receive an award of £500 and for the period from 1 May 2022, applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an award of £225.

From 1 May 2022 the number of awards that any person can receive has been amended to three in any rolling 12 month period across all local authorities, this applies to applications for periods when the individual has tested positive and is following advice to stay at home from 1 May 2022. Any awards made prior to 1 May 2022 will not be taken into account.

Important notice: 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 the authority to share your details with Stirling Council or we will be unable to proceed with your application.

How to apply

You must apply within 28 days of the date you were told to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.

Check if you're able to get Self-Isolation Support Grant. If you appear to be eligible, you will be taken to our online application, otherwise you will be advised why you are not, or not yet, able to apply.

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 or from 1 May 2022 have been advised by the Test and Protect Service to stay at home as a result of COVID-19, because they have tested positive for coronavirus.

  • 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.

  • Up to 1 May 2022 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 and non-household contact with someone who has tested positive.

  • Up to 1 May 2022 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, 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 a positive PCR test for coronavirus or who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and 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 because they have recently been in close, non-household contact with someone who has tested positive.

In addition, prior to the self-isolation period or period they are advised to stay at home, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Are employed or self-employed; and
  • Are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result; and
  • Are assessed as having a low income, either:

their 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 their isolation:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit; and/or
    Means-tested Council Tax Reduction; or


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; or their 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, and including the temporary coronavirus £20 per week increase in the UC Standard Allowance.

Grants are paid per eligible person, not per household, therefore a couple who both meet the eligibility criteria for the grant can apply.

Earning Threshold Household Income Levels

You 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. You can apply for the grant if your personal earnings are £1608.75 or less per month this amount is before deductions such as tax and National Insurance

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.

The following threshold applies from 6 April 2022. 

If you do not pay rent, a mortgage, or have special circumstances

You 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.
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.

Last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:24 PM