Statutory Sick Pay increase: How much will Statutory Sick Pay increase this month?

Rishi Sunak discusses Statutory Sick Pay with Martin Lewis

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Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is given to those who are too sick to work for a period longer than three consecutive workdays but less than 28 weeks. As the new tax year starts, SSP is due to increase – but by how much?

Statutory Sick Pay mandates the amount employers must pay, with anyone eligible not permitted to be paid less than the statutory amount.

Your employer may implement their own sick pay scheme known as a ‘company sick pay scheme’ and you should be paid what you are due under that.

Under any scheme, you must be paid at least the legal minimum – which is SSP.

If you aren’t entitled to anything under a company scheme, your employer should still pay you Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re eligible.

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To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:

– be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer

– earn an average of at least £120 per week

– have been ill, self-isolating or ‘shielding’ for at least four days in a row (including non-working days)

How much will Statutory Sick Pay increase this month?

From April 6, the statutory sick pay rate will increase from £95.85 to £96.35 per week.

To claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), tell your employer by the deadline – this deadline is typically set by your employer.

Check with your employer how you should tell them.

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If you can’t work for seven or more days, you need

– an ‘isolation note’ if you’re unable to work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

– a letter or ‘shielding note’ from your doctor, a health authority or the government advising you to shield because you’re at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

– your notification from the NHS or public health authorities if you’ve been told to self-isolate because you’ve come into contact with someone with coronavirus

– a ‘fit note’ (or sick note) if you’re off sick for another reason

– a letter confirming the date of your procedure if you’ve been advised to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery

However, bear in mind you can only get SSP for shielding if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland as shielding has stopped in England and Wales.

In Scotland, from Monday, 26 April those who are on the shielding list can return to work. 

And in Northern Ireland, shielding is due to end on April 12.

When can you get SSP?

You can get SSP from the fourth day you’re off sick.

The days you’re off sick when you normally would have worked are called ‘qualifying days’.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get SSP for all your qualifying days, except for the first three, which are called ‘waiting days’.

You only get paid for waiting days if you’ve already received SSP within the last eight weeks, and that included a three-day waiting period.

If you are eligible for SSP, you will be paid by your employer in the same way as your normal wages, into your bank account for example weekly or monthly.

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