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I asked the Social Security Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, about the support available to help people self-isolate. I was delighted to hear the self-isolation support grant will be extended to include anyone who must self-isolate and earn the Real Living Wage or lower.


Eligibility will also be extended to any other applicant who is entitled to a council tax reduction because they are on a low income.

These actions will means an additional 200,000 people will potentially be eligible for the grant if they are asked to self-isolate and help remove any financial barriers to isolating.

The changes will take effect from Tuesday the 16th of February to allow local authorities time to change their systems and application forms but eligibility will be backdated to today meaning people self-isolating now will benefit.


To be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

You have been required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19,on or after 28 September 2020, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or are awaiting a test result, or are the identified appropriate parent or primary carer of a child under 16 who has been required by the Test and Protect Service (or equivalent service across the UK), local public health director or a local Incident Management Team notification to self-isolate

You need to

* be employed or self-employed; and

* be unable to work from home and can show that you will lose earnings as a result;

* be currently receiving, or been awarded but not yet received a payment of at least one of the qualifying benefits


* be earning the Real Living Wage or lower


* have a council tax reduction for low income


You can apply on-line at or call 0800 111 4000



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