To make sure people in work can take the necessary time off to stay at home if they are suffering from coronavirus or to prevent its spread, changes have been made to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and how Universal Credit (UC) supports self-employed claimants.
- People who are unable to work due to coronavirus and are eligible for SSP will receive it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness. The DWP intends to legislate so this measure applies retrospectively from 13 March 2020.
- SSP will be payable to people who are staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected, this measure applies from 13 March. Employers are urged to use their discretion about what evidence, if any, they ask for.
- If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get it from NHS 111 online instead of having to get a Fit Note from their doctor. This is currently under development and will be made available soon.
- People claiming Universal Credit who work who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus, will need to report this in the usual way via their online journal. If this means they are working fewer hours, the amount of Universal Credit they receive will adjust as their earnings change.
- Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected.