Council Tax, benefits and welfare

Financial support if self-isolating

We are currently receiving an unprecedented demand for Self Isolation Support Grants. If you have made your application within the past 30 working days there is no need to contact us. We will be processing your application and will contact you directly.  We appreciate your patience and will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you are self-isolating, you must advise Test & Protect that they can share your information with us . Contact the National Helpline on 0800 030 8012 to confirm you have done this.

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 grant is to help people who are working on low incomes to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Important - changes from 1 May

Please apply on the Scottish Government website as this will carry out an initial eligibility check and also arrange for you to book a PCR test. Please be aware that from 12 May this is the only way to book a PCR test. 

What are the changes from 1 May?

  • Unvaccinated close contacts are no longer eligible meaning only those who test positive on a PCR are eligible. (Parent and Carer eligibility remains the same).
  • Unvaccinated close contacts will no longer be traced.
  • The grant award will now be £225 to reflect the shorter stay at home time.
  • Maximum of 3 claims in 12 month period from 1 May.

Getting a test from 12 May

  • SISG applicants require to return a positive PCR result.
  • You need to apply on the Scottish Government website
  • Testing kits will be issued and returned by post.

Asked to self-isolate before 1 May

You may be eligible for a £500 payment if you were asked to self-isolate by Test and Protect on or before 30 April, as you have 28 days to make an application, if:

  • you have received a positive PCR test result.
  • you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Protect, the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent), you are over 18 years and 4 months old and you are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • you are the parent or carer of a child under 16 who has received a positive PCR test result.
  • you are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 18 years and 4 months old who has received a positive PCR test result.
  • you are the identified appropriate carer of a person over 18 years and 4 months old who has been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Protect, the Protect Scotland app (or equivalent) and who has not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Fully vaccinated is 2 vaccines plus 1 booster vaccine received at least 14 days ago.


  • You apply within 28 days of the day that you are asked to self-isolate.
  • You are employed or self-employed, and you cannot work from home.
  • Your income is reduced because of having to self-isolate e.g. you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay or no pay. (People on furlough but not getting full pay are considered as having a reduction in earnings).
  • You receive means-tested:
    • Council Tax Reduction
    • or Universal Credit
    • or Working Tax Credit
    • or Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
    • or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • or Income Support
    • or Housing Benefit
    • or Pension Credit.


  • Your income is less than stated below for your circumstances:
Your household You are eligible if your monthly household income (net) is no more than: or your monthly individual income (gross) is no more than:
Single with no children £2,528 £1,608.75
Couple with no children £2,962 £1,608.75
Single with one child £3,923 £1,608.75
Couple with one child £4,357 £1,608.75
Single with two children £5,102 £1,608.75
Couple with  two children £5,536 £1,608.75
Single with three children £7,007 £1,608.75
Couple with three children £7,440 £1,608.75

You will need to provide evidence that you cannot work from home if you have been notified to self-isolate by an app. We will need wage slips/evidence of your normal earnings.

Evidence requirements

  • Evidence that the Test & Protect Service has requested that you self-isolate.
  • Proof that you receive one of the qualifying benefits.
  • A bank statement.
  • Proof of employment or self-employment, and that you cannot do your job or run your business without social contact or from home.
  • Proof or self-declaration that your income will reduce because of having to self-isolate.

How to apply

The grant will be paid into your bank account. It is paid because of a loss of earnings, so it is taxable.

When a grant cannot be paid

You will not qualify if:

  • a positive result has not been confirmed by a PCR test.
  • you are self-isolating because you are returning to the UK after being abroad.
  • you feel that you have symptoms and haven't been tested.
  • you are not employed or self-employed.
  • 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.
  • your individual/household income is more than the Midlothian income threshold.

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)

People with NRPF by definition do not receive a qualifying benefit, so normally cannot apply for the Scottish Welfare Fund.

However you may receive a Self-Isolation Support Grant as long as you meet criteria, including being:

  • required to self-isolate by NHS Test & Protect
  • in work or self-employed
  • unable to work from home, and have reduced earnings while self-isolating
  • considered to have a low income compared to Midlothian income thresholds.

Please see below link to the information that is now available on the SG websites.

More information from the Scottish Government

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