How much is statutory sick pay if you have coronavirus and how do you claim if you’re self-employed?

17 March 2020, 13:10

Coronavirus and staturtory sick pay rules revealed
Coronavirus and staturtory sick pay rules revealed. Picture: PA

By Zoe Adams

Coronavirus has people self-isolating all over the country but what does this mean for sick pay? And how does it work if you’re self-employed?

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, Boris Johnson and the government made significant changes to the rules around statutory sick pay and Universal Tax Credits.

With the advice around COVID-19 now being that everyone must self-isolate even if they show the smallest of symptoms, many people will be taking themselves off work to help slow the spread of the illness to those more vulnerable.

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So how much is statutory sick pay? How do you claim it? And how does it work if you’re self-employed? Here’s the important details:

Coronavirus UK: Employees are now being asked to work from hom
Coronavirus UK: Employees are now being asked to work from hom. Picture: PA

How much is statutory sick pay (SSP)?

The government website says that you can get £94.25 per week of statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks.

It is paid to you by your employer in the same way your normal wages would have been paid.

How do you claim statutory sick pay?

The Budget 2020 revealed that SSP would apply to those affected by coronavirus.

How you claim statutory sick pay is usually dependent on your employer but usually you will need to let them know within seven days.

The government are currently working on an alternative doctors note to supply to employers online to avoid social contact and spreading of coronavirus.

How does sick pay work if you’re self employed?

The Budget explained that those not entitled to SSP because they’re self employed or earn below the minimum amount can now make easier clips for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

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