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Statutory Sick Pay Information

Region: UK wide

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the current rate Statutory Sick Pay Information  
  
For information on working out SSP, click here.
 
Weekly rate of SSP is £95.85.

Paid by employer for up to 28 weeks. 
  
Q: Can I claim SSP due to self-isolation? 

A: If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19: From 13 March, you can now claim SSP. 
 This includes individuals who are caring for people self-isolating in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine.  

To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer,  
  
  
Q: When does SSP apply? 

A: Employees who self-isolated before 13 March 2020 
Waiting days still apply and you should start paying SSP from the fourth ‘qualifying day’. 
  
Employees who self-isolated from 13 March 2020 
Start paying SSP from the first ‘qualifying day’ an employee is off work, as long as they are off for at least 4 days in a row. 
  
Waiting days do not have to be served. 
  
Q: Do I need a sick note? 

A: From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. 

For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. 

This is currently in process but will be able to be accessed via below link 

https://111.nhs.uk/ 
  
  
Q: What if I am self-employed and receiving Universal Credit? 

A: The minimum floor to receive Universal Credit has been temporarily removed. 

If you need to claim Universal Credit but have COVID-19 or are self-isolating, you will now be able to claim online via the link below 
 https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit 
  
See link for specific details on claiming UC in Northern Ireland 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/universal-credit-payments-and-advance-payments 
  
 

                                    
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