Eligibility and understanding

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is money paid to you by your employer if you are sick or unable to work and is available for up to 28 weeks. It is paid for the days you would normally have worked and is a fixed amount of £92.05 per week. However, it is not paid for the first 3 days that you are off work, unless you have been paid SSP within the last 8 weeks and are eligible to receive it again.

How you are paid

SSP will be paid by your employer in the normal way as your wages, for example weekly or monthly with tax and National Insurance already deducted.

If you require more information, including details of how much SSP you may be entitled to receive, go to: Gov.uk Statutory Sick Pay - Overview or contact the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employees' enquiry line listed at the bottom of the page.

*You will not be eligible to receive SSP if you are receiving Statutory Maternity Pay or have received the full amount (28 weeks) of SSP.

For more information on eligibility visit Gov.uk Statutory Sick Pay - Eligibility

If you're not eligible or your SSP ends

You may be able to apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you're not eligible for SSP or your SSP has ended or is coming to an end. 

How to claim

1. Tell your employer in writing.

2. You only need a sick note if you are ill for 7 or more days.

If you're unhappy with a decision either talk to your employer or go to the following website for more information Gov.uk Statutory Sick Pay - How to claim - Or you can contact the number below:

HMRC employees' enquiry line

Telephone: 0300 200 3500

Textphone: 0300 200 3212

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

We are here to help

If you need any further information or assistance our Welfare Officers are here to help you. Do not hestitate to give us a call on:

0800 6300 443

You can also use our live chat service if you would prefer to speak to someone online. All services are free and fully confidential.

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