Statutory Sick Pay and Support for the Self-Employed

As stated in the Scottish budget on 11 March, statutory sick pay of £94.25 per week is available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, or those unable to work because they are self-isolating in line with Government advice.

Statutory sick pay has also been made available from the first day of illness, rather than the usual fourth consecutive day. 

Those on a zero-hours contract will be entitled to statutory sick pay providing they have done some work for the company.

Those who are self-employed are not entitled to statutory sick pay, but can instead make a claim for Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance. The following changes to these benefits have been announced-

  • The Universal Credit minimum income floor has been completely relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating while self-employed.
  • Any new Universal Credit claimant who has COVID-19 or is self-isolating can receive up to a month’s advance without having to attend a JobCentre Plus.
  • The seven-day wait for an Employment and Support Allowance payment has been relaxed for those with COVID-19 or who are self-isolating and payment will now be available from day one.

To make a Universal Credit claim please visit- https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

To make a new Employment and Support Allowance claim either fill out the following form- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance-esa-claim-form

Or phone the Universal Credit helpline- 0800 169 0350 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm).

If an employer requires proof of illness, NHS 111 Online will soon issue COVID-19 fit notes instead of your GP.