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MetiNews.Com - How much is Statutory Sick Pay and who is entitled to get it during the pandemic? The Department for Work and Pensions has explained the rules
Breaking News ! The Department for Work and Pensions has detailed the changes made to sick pay rules during the pandemic. Government minister Justin Tomlinson explained the circumstances in which Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now payable from the first day rather than the fourth. In a written parliamentary answer given on January 11, Mr Tomlinson - the DWP's Minister for Disabled People - said the Government had increased support for those left in difficulties by the impact of coronavirus. Read More Related Articles Full list of Universal Credit changes coming in 2021 - DWP confirms new rates and rules Read More Related Articles All the free stuff you can get on Universal Credit - 27 money saving tips He said: "This Government has a strong safety net that helps people who are facing hardship and are unable to support themselves financially and we have taken steps to strengthen that safety net as part of the Government’s response to the pandemic. "Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) provides a minimum level of income for employees when they are sick or incapable of work. For those who are sick, self-isolating or shielding due to coronavirus, SSP is now payable from the first day of work missed, rather than the fourth. Some employers may also decide to pay more, and for longer, through Occupational Sick Pay. Read More Related Articles DWP changing Universal Credit deductions - full list of 2021 debt rules and repayments Read More Related Articles How to get PIP for depression - Personal Independence Payment rules explained "SSP is just one part of our welfare safety net and our wider Government offer to support people in times of need. Where an individual’s income is reduced while off work sick and they require further financial support, for example where they are not eligible for SSP, they may be able to claim Universal Credit and new style Employment and Support Allowance, depending on their personal circumstances. "Working people on low incomes who are required to remain at home by NHS Test and Trace to help stop the spread of the virus and cannot work from home could be eligible for a £500 payment to financially support them while self-isolating.
. Self-isolating because they have been advised to do so by their doctor or health clinician before being admitted to hospital for planned or elective surgery Shielding because they live or work in an area where shielding is reintroduced and they have been advised to do so by their doctor or health authority Other SSP eligibility criteria will apply, he added.
How much is Statutory Sick Pay and is it going up? Mr Tomlinson gave his answer in response to a question on whether Statutory Sick Pay would be increasing. At present you can get £95.85 a week in statutory sick pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks From April 2021, that will go up to £96.35. To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay you must: be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer earn an average of at least £120 per week That £120 threshold will remain the same from April, for the 2021/2022 financial year.
You will not qualify for Statutory Sick Pay if you: have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks) are getting Statutory Maternity Pay are self-isolating after entering or returning to the UK and do not need to self-isolate for any other reason You can still qualify if you started your job recently and you have not received eight weeks’ pay yet. Ask your employer about this. Furthermore, you can still qualify if you're on furlough.
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