Council Tax, benefits and welfare

Financial support if self-isolating

If you are told by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate because of close contact with someone who has Covid-19, you may be eligible for a £500 lump sum.

Self Isolation Support Grants

The Scottish Welfare Fund Team delivers Self-Isolation Support Grants (SISGs) on behalf of the Scottish Government for the residents of Midlothian.

The purpose of the grant is to assist people that are working and in receipt of low incomes to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This should support people to be able to afford to comply with the Test & Protect Service's requirement for them to self-isolate during the 10-day period. Eligibility for the scheme was expanded further from 16 February 2021.

You may be eligible for a £500 payment if meet the following criteria:

  • You are required to self-isolate at the request of NHS Test & Protect.


  • You have been notified by the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate.


  • You are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required to self-isolate.


  • You are the carer of a person over the age of 16 who is required to self-isolate.


  • You make an application within 28 days of the day that you are requested to self-isolate.


  • You must be employed or self-employed and it is not possible for you to work from home.


  • Your income is reduced as a result of having to self-isolate e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay (people on furlough that not receiving full pay will be considered as having a reduction in earnings).


  • You are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit; Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance; Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit.


  • Your income is less than stated below for your circumstances:


Your Household

You are eligible if either:

Your monthly household income (NET) is no greater than :

Your monthly individual income (GROSS) is no greater than:

Single with no children



Couple with no children



Single with one child



Couple with one child



Single with two children



Couple with  two children



Single with three children



Couple with three children



You will need to provide evidence to verify your application if you have been notified to self-isolate by an app, that you cannot work from home, we will need wage slips/evidence of your earnings for your normal earnings so that we can establish your individual/household income before self-isolating.

Evidence requirements

  • Evidence that the Test & Protect Service has requested that you self-isolate,
  • Proof that you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits,
  • A bank statement,
  • Proof of employment/self-employment and that you cannot undertake your job/run your business without social contact or from home.
  • Proof or self-declaration that your pay/income will reduce as a result of having to self-isolate.

When a grant cannot be paid

  • You will not qualify if you are self-isolating because you are returning to the UK after being abroad or because you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested.
  • If you are not employed or self-employed.
  • If you are employed or self-employed and your earnings or self-employed income will not reduce e.g because you will receive normal pay or you can continue to work from home.
  • If your individual/household income is more than the Midlothian income threshold.

No Recourse to Public Funds

Although the Scottish Welfare Fund cannot normally be accessed by people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) we are able to make payments to people in this situation under Public Health legislation as long as all other eligibility criteria including being required to self-isolate by NHS Test & Protect, being in work or self-employed, be unable to work from home and have reduced earnings during the self-isolation period is met.

People with NRPF cannot be in receipt of a qualifying benefit therefore entitlement is considered only if you are considered to have a low income as per the Midlothian income thresholds.

How to apply

  • By phone: call 0131 270 5600
  • Lines are open Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00, and Friday 08:30 - 16:00

Payments will be paid to your bank account.

As SISGs are paid in respect of a loss of earnings they are taxable payments.


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