The government’s new Self-Isolation Support Grant will help those who would lose income if they needed to self-isolate.
It is aimed at people who will face financial hardship due to being asked to self-isolate and will be targeted at recipients of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship.
Applications are now open and South Scotland MSP Emma Harper is urging people to bid.
She said: “We know that self-isolation can be tough, but it is essential to protect people and reduce the spread of coronavirus. To ensure people do not experience financial hardship as a result of doing the right thing, the Scottish Government has introduced this new £500 grant for people on low incomes who have been asked to self-isolate.
“These payments will help ensure people in Dumfries and Galloway do not have to make a choice between self-isolating and supporting themselves financially.”