Self-isolation support payments

Self-isolation support payments
12 October 2020

From today (Monday 12 October), anyone in employment, or self-employed, who gets one of the low-income benefits listed below will be able to claim a £500 self-isolation support payment from the Scottish Welfare Fund, if they are asked to self-isolate by the Test and Protect service.

To qualify for the payment, you must be unable to work from home during the 14-day self-isolation period, and expect to lose earnings as a result of self-isolating.

You should apply immediately when you are asked to self-isolate, as we must receive your completed application before the end of the 14-day self-isolation period. It is not possible to backdate awards if we receive an application after the self-isolation period ends.

For more information, and to apply, visit our Scottish Welfare Fund webpage at

The qualifying low-income benefits are:

  • Universal Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit.
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income Support.
  • Housing Benefit.
  • Pension Credit.

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