Self isolation support grant is a one-off payment to help with reduced earnings as a result of you, your child or the person you're caring for being required to self-isolate.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for a Self-isolation support grant you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- have been asked by the Test and Protect service (or equivalent in UK) to self-isolate because you've tested positive for COVID-19, or from 1 May 2022 have been advised by Test and Protect to stay at home or
- be the parent or primary carer of a child under 16, or a person over 16 who has tested positive for COVID-19.
You must also meet all the following criteria:
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home, and lose income as a result of self-isolation
- be in receipt of, 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, means tested Council Tax Reduction and/or Pension Credit
- be an applicant who would ordinarily have an underlying eligibility for Universal Credit (based on earnings prior to the self-isolation request period) and who experiences a reduction in earnings as a result of being asked to self-isolate.
You can't apply if:
- you're fully vaccinated and get a negative PCR test and have missed work whilst waiting for the result or have returned from abroad
- someone you look after (this includes your children and people you're caring for) is fully vaccinated and gets a negative PCR test and you have missed work whilst waiting for their result
- your child over 16 years gets a positive PCR test result and you are fully vaccinated
How much can I get?
If you meet the eligibility criteria you will receive £225.
How do I apply?
You can apply online within 28 days of being told to self-isolate.