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Self-isolation support grant

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.

Apply online 

Last modified on 7th June 2022

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