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1. What is Coronavirus Self Isolation Payment?

The Coronavirus Self Isolation Payment is a £500 payment for people who work and are in receipt of certain benefits who have to self isolate because of coronavirus.

England

It launched in England on 28 September 2020 and is administered by local authorities.

Scotland

Scotland's scheme launched on 12 October 2020 and allows claims to be backdated to 28 September. It is administered by local authorities.

Wales

Wales launched its scheme on 12 November 2020 and it allows claims to be backdated to 23 October 2020.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's scheme is a little different, as the amount awarded varies depending on who is in the household, and it does not rely on you receiving benefits.

Updated: 17 November 2020

2. Can I get Coronavirus Self Isolation Payment?

England

Eligibility rules

To be eligible for a £500 Self Isolation Payment, you have to be

  • Self isolating, and
  • In work, and unable to work from home, and
  • In receipt of certain benefits, or on a low income.

Self Isolating

You can only get a Self Isolation Payment if you are self isolating because NHS Test and Trace (England) has told you that you must self isolate.

You cannot get it if you are quarantining after returning from abroad, if you are shielding or if you are self isolating for any other reason.

In work and unable to work from home

You can only get a Self Isolation Payment if you are employed or self employed, and are unable to work from home, and so will lose income.

There are no minimum hours you have to work.

You can get a Self Isolation Payment and Statutory Sick Pay at the same time.

In receipt of certain benefits, or on a low income

You can get a Self Isolation Payment if your household is getting one of these benefits:

If you aren't getting any of these benefits, use our Benefits Calculator to check whether you're entitled any extra help.

If you are not entitled to any of these benefits, you may be able to get a discretionary grant from your council. Contact your council to find out if you qualify for their discretionary grants scheme.

Scotland

Eligibility rules

To be eligible for a £500 Self Isolation Payment, you have to be

  • Self isolating, and
  • In work, and unable to work from home, and
  • In receipt of certain benefits or on a low income.

Self isolating

You can get a Self Isolation Payment if you are self isolating because  Test and Protect (Scotland) has told you that you must self isolate.

If you have to take time off work to care for a child under 16 who has to self isolate, you can get a Self Isolation Payment.

If you have to take time off because someone you care for has to self-isolate, you can also get a self-isolation payment.

You cannot get it if you are quarantining after returning from abroad, if you are shielding or if you are self isolating for any other reason.

In work and unable to work from home

You can only get a Self Isolation Payment if you are employed or self employed, and are unable to work from home, and so will lose income.

There are no minimum hours you have to work.

You can get a Self Isolation Payment and Statutory Sick Pay at the same time.

In receipt of certain benefits, or on a low income

You can get a Self Isolation Payment if your household is getting one of these benefits:

If you aren't getting any of these benefits, use our Benefits Calculator to check whether you're entitled any extra help.

You will also be able to get a Self Isolation Payment if you earn less than £9.50 per hour.

If you aren't getting any of these benefits, you may still be able to get a discretionary grant. Contact your council to find out about their discretionary scheme.

Wales

Eligibility rules

To be eligible for a £500 Self Isolation Payment, you have to be

  • Self isolating, and
  • In work, and unable to work from home, and
  • In receipt of certain benefits, or on a low income.

Self isolating

You can get a Self Isolation Payment if you are self isolating because Test, Trace Protect (Wales) has told you that you must self isolate.

If you have to take time off work to care for a child under 16 who has to self isolate, you can get a Self Isolation Payment. 

In work and unable to work from home

You can only get a Self Isolation Payment if you are employed or self employed, and are unable to work from home, and so will lose income.

There are no minimum hours you have to work.

You can get a Self Isolation Payment and Statutory Sick Pay at the same time.

In receipt of certain benefits, or on a low income

You can get a Self Isolation Payment if your household is getting one of these benefits:

If you aren't getting any of these benefits, use our Benefits Calculator to check whether you're entitled any extra help.

You can also get a self isolation payment if you are only getting Statutory Sick Pay from work and no other earnings, or if your income is less than £500 per month.

If you aren't getting any of these benefits, you may still be able to get a discretionary grant. Contact your council to find out about their discretionary scheme.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's scheme is different. You can find details on the Northern Ireland scheme on the NI Direct website.

Updated: 18 Feb 2021

3. How much Coronavirus Self-Isolation Payment will I get?

The Coronavirus Self Isolation Payment is a single payment of £500.

The payment will not affect your benefits at all.

The payment is taxable.

 

Updated: 24 Sept 2020

4. How do I claim Coronavirus Self-Isolation Payment?

Claims for the Coronavirus Self Isolation Payment in England, Wales and Scotland are through your local authority.

In Northern Ireland, you apply through the Finance Support Service.

Updated: 17 November 2020