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Question reference: S5W-35642

  • Asked by: Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: 1 March 2021
  • Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 12 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress with the Managed Isolation Welfare Fund.


The Scottish Government is seeking to waive managed isolation fees for those on qualifying benefits, those facing hardship who are not on qualifying benefits but are unable to pay, and those on family reunion visas arriving to join a person with refugee status already in Scotland. However, changes need to be made to the UK Government systems in order for fee waiver to be possible. We are working urgently with the UK Government so that those required changes can be made.

Separately, the Coronavirus Discretionary Fund recently provided to Scottish universities and colleges can be used to support international students and students returning to Scotland at the end of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus, who can demonstrate the charge would cause them financial hardship.