Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is the minimum amount to which an employee is entitled should they be unable to work due to sickness. It may very well be the case that different employers have more generous sickness policies, which may include an increased amount of sick pay or an annual allowance for sick leave. I would, therefore, encourage anyone concerned to consult their contract or personnel manager to see whether they are entitled to some form of contractual sick pay or sick leave allowance.
However, for those who must rely on SSP, and who have coronavirus, SSP is now available from the first day they are off sick. The Government has also amended SSP so that those self-isolating may be eligible for SSP for every day they are in isolation. They must self-isolate for at least 4 days to be eligible.
However, where possible, those in self-isolation but who are not sick, may be expected to work from home on full pay.
Those paid less than £120 a week will be able to access Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. Furthermore, the Government has announced that those who are self-employed and have coronavirus can access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to SSP for employees.
At the December 2019 General Election, David was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Clwyd West, with an increased vote share of 50.7%.
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