What if you’re self employed?
The Budget states that those who are not eligible for SPP, such as self employed workers or those earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week, can now “more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance”. The guidance explains, “For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self isolating according to government advice, ensuring self-employed claimants will receive support.” and it continues that workers can claim Universal Credit and access advance payments upfront “without the current requirement to attend a jobcentre if they are advised to self-isolate”.
How much is statutory sick pay?
The government website states the amount at £94.25 per week of statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks and is
paid by the employer weekly or monthly, the same as with your regular wages.
Do I need a note from the GP?
To prevent further spread of Covid-19, people are advised to self-isolate and will be able to get an alternative note by using an online NHS 111 service, rather than going to the GP.
Am I entitled to sick pay?
Your rights to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will depend on your employment status and earnings.If you’re an employee and earn at least £118 a week, you will be eligible for £94.25 per week for up to 28 weeks. Ordinarily you must be off for at least four days in a row, but the government announced SSP will be paid from the first day you are off sick if it is related to Coronavirus. Check with your employer or consult your contract and staff handbook.