Self-isolation grants now available for Moray applications
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MORAY Council is to administer Scottish Government grants of £500 to individuals who are on low-income benefits and who will experience reduced earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland.
The grant, which is now open for applications, will support people who would otherwise struggle to be able to afford to comply with the requirement to self-isolate.
It will provide them with the financial support they need to meet their basic needs during the 14-day period in which they are unable to work.
Applications can be made at any point during the individual’s 14 calendar day period of self-isolation which commences on the date on which the individual was requested to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland.
An applicant must meet all of the following to be eligible for a Self –IsolationGrant (SIG):
- Aged 16 or older.
- Resident in Moray.
- Required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland 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.
- Apply during their 14 calendar self-isolation period.
- Employed or self-employed.
- Unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings as a result and is currently receiving, or has 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 or, has no recourse to public funds and meets the low-income criteria.
In Moray applications for a SIG will be taken by the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub who are making pro-active contact with the people named on the Test and Protect Scotland data being provided to councils on a daily basis.
The purpose of the call is to discuss wellbeing, welfare and establish if any support, including financial, is needed. If financial assistance is requested the advisor will ask further questions to see if a SIG application is appropriate or not.
At present, it is expected the scheme will last until January 31, 2021.