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Council gives guidance on accessing Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant


By Alan Hendry

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Highland Council has issued guidance on how members of the public can access the new Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the grant is available for individuals who are asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Protect service, who are in receipt of low-income benefits and who will lose income as they are unable to work from home.

If you have been asked by NHS Test and Protect to self-isolate on or after September 28, either because you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a £500 grant.

Council leader Margaret Davidson says the grant will relieve some of the stress and financial concerns for people who are asked to self-isolate.
Council leader Margaret Davidson says the grant will relieve some of the stress and financial concerns for people who are asked to self-isolate.

Applications can be made each time you or anyone within your household has been asked to self-isolate by the Test and Protect service.

People in the same household can each make an individual application to receive the payment, if they each meet the eligible criteria.

To be eligible, anyone aged 16 or over who lives in the Highland Council area and has received notification from NHS Test and Protect to self-isolate must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have been required by the Test and Protect service to self-isolate 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 and they have granted permission for the Test and Protect service to share this data with Highland Council
  • Are employed or self-employed
  • Are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result
  • Are receiving, or have been awarded but not yet received, a payment of Universal Credit; Working Tax Credit; Income-based Employment and Support Allowance; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; and/or Pension Credit.

Details are on the council website .

Council leader Margaret Davidson said: “We are all aware of the many challenges people are facing, so I am sure knowing this new and non-repayable self-isolation support grant is available will give some reassurance and help relieve some of the stress and financial concerns people asked to self-isolate will have.

“Our team of staff are ready to assist, and I encourage anyone who has been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Protect service and think they are eligible for a £500 grant to get in touch.”

Anyone wishing to apply should contact the council’s welfare support team on 0800 090 1004 to ensure that all help that is available to them can be claimed, including this non-repayable self-isolation support payment.

Councillor Davidson added: “If you do not meet all the criteria but are on a low income and self-isolation will cause hardship you should still make contact as our staff will be able to advise if you qualify for a crisis grant and other support that may be available.”



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