Eligibility and understanding
Statutory Sick Pay
COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay
If you work in the horseracing industry and have been affected by the Coronavirus, we are here to offer you monetary guidance and support. There are support measures in place from the government to help you and remember, if you work in racing, you are never alone; our welfare officers and advisors are here to help over the phone on 0800 6300 443.
If you cannot work due to the Coronavirus you can find more information on SSP and how to claim by visiting the government website for guidance.
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 £95.85 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
If you work in horseracing and you have been affected financially by COVID-19, it can be a particularly anxious and upsetting time. We can provide you with 24 hour support and give you the guidance you need. You can contact us in the following ways: