Statutory sick pay

People who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result are eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick.

Employers are expected to use their discretion and respect the medical need to self-isolate in making decisions about sick pay.

Universal Credit / Employment and Support Allowance

Anyone not eligible to receive sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week, some of those working in the gig economy, or self-employed people, are able to claim Universal Credit and/or contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

For those on a low income and already claiming Universal Credit, it is designed to automatically adjust depending on people’s earnings or other income. However, if someone needs money urgently they can apply for an advance through the online journal.


You can get more information about Coronavirus, sick pay and claiming benefits on the Understanding Universal Credit website.