The Scottish Government is providing grants of £500 to individuals who are in receipt of low-income benefits and who will experience reduced earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland to prevent the spread of COVID- 19.
The grant 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 14 day period in which they are unable to work. For inquiries please email email@example.com
Applications can be made at any point during the individual’s 14 calendar day period of self-isolation which commences on the date on which the individual was requested to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland. Those who were asked to self-isolate on or after 28/09/2020 but before 12/10/2020 have 14 days from 12/10/2020 to make an application.
At present, it is expected the scheme will last until 31 January 2021.
An applicant must meet all of the following to be eligible for a Self –Isolation Grant (SIG):
aged 16 or older;
resident in Moray;
required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland 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 are awaiting a test result;
apply during their 14 calendar self-isolation period
employed or self-employed;
unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result and is;
currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of:
Working Tax Credit;
Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
Housing Benefit; and/or
or, has no recourse to public funds and meets the low-income criteria
In Moray applications for a SIG will be taken by the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub who are making pro-active contact with the people named on the Test and Protect Scotland data being provided to councils on a daily basis. The purpose of the call is to discuss wellbeing, welfare and establish if any support, including financial, is needed. If financial assistance is requested the advisor will ask further questions to see if a SIG application is appropriate or not.
The application will be taken and submitted to the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) Team for a decision and payment of the grant if eligible. If at the time of this initial call the person is unsure if they will need financial assistance they will be given a telephone number to call the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub back on. A SIG application will then be taken if appropriate. In both of the above scenarios, the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub will advise on other financial assistance if a SIG is not appropriate including a Crisis Grant if the person has an immediate financial need and the services provided by Moray’s Money Advice Teams.
Please note this is the only method of application for a SIG as we can confirm, via the data received, that the person is required by Test and Protect Scotland to self-isolate.
If a person has not been told to by Test and Protect to self-isolate, for example because they have been contacted by the Protect Scotland App, they should be advised to contact Test and Protect Scotland on 0800 030 8012 who should be able to confirm their requirement to self-isolate and add their details to the data file the council is receiving.
The SWF team will endeavor to make decisions on SIG applications, where all eligibility can be verified, by the end of the next working day after receipt of an application and awards within 3 working days of the decision.
Due to this additional responsibility and as agreed by Scottish Government at the onset of Covid 19 our normal processing times do not currently apply for Crisis Grants, Community Care Grants and Discretionary Housing Payments for applicants on Universal Credit Housing Costs. Priority will be given to SIG and Crisis Grant applications; Community Care Grant and Discretionary Housing Payment applications will be processed as demand and resource allows.