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Covid sick pay rules are changing today and that means you will have to wait longer to access cash

Sick pay measures have returned to normal from March 24, meaning you will have to wait until the fourth day of illness or self-isolation to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Sick pay rules for workers who contract the coronavirus have changed
Sick pay rules for workers who contract the coronavirus have changed

regulations on sick pay for workers catching Coronavirus have changed as of today — and it means workers have to wait longer before they can access cash.

Under rules introduced during the Covid pandemic, you could receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one instead of three days.

but Sickness benefit measures have returned to normal as of March 24thmeaning you must wait until the fourth day of illness or self-isolation to claim SSP.

SSP is the statutory minimum that an employee can receive if they are unable to work due to illness.

It’s worth £96.35 a week for those who qualify and is paid by employers for up to 28 weeks if you earn at least £120 a week.

This is the minimum you are entitled to – employers can pay more.

The temporary rule change also applied to the Employment and Assistance Allowance, which you can claim if an illness or disability affects your ability to work.

This has also returned to normal as of today, but you will have to wait until the eighth day of illness to make a claim.

Have you had trouble applying for SSP? Let us know: mirror.money.saving@mirror.co.uk

ESA is worth up to £74.70 a week, but how much you get depends on your individual circumstances.

To apply for ESA, you must have worked either as a self-employed person or as an employee.

You must also have paid enough Social Security contributions, usually in the last two to three years.

You cannot get an ESA if you are claiming unemployment benefits or statutory sick pay. But if you get universal credityou could get “new style” ESA at the same time.

Ministers introduced day-one sick pay for those who tested positive early in the pandemic in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

The government will also stop offering free testing to all but the most vulnerable from April 1. From February 24th, the law will no longer require you to self-isolate.

It is part of the ‘Living with Covid’ plan for England.

‘Four principles’ to end all Covid restrictions in England set in House of Commons last month, Boris Johnson told MPs: “First of all, we will lift any remaining domestic legal restrictions.

“We will end the legal obligation to self-isolate after a positive test and with it end self-isolation support payments too, although Covid provisions on statutory sick pay can still be drawn for another month.

“We will end routine contact tracing and will no longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the age of 18 to test daily for seven days.”

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