Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

May 21, 2020
Author: Simon Bladen
Simon is one of the firm's Audit Partners. Simon is responsible for looking after the firm’s legal, charitable and not-for-profit clients.
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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

If you are an employer, you may be entitled to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

The government is set to launch this online scheme on 26 May 2020. This scheme is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. This scheme will enable businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs incurred that were related to Coronavirus.


Who can use the scheme?

Employers can make use of this scheme if:

  • You’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • You have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
  • You had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020

Employers can claim for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for the same employee, but not for the same period of time.

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness if an employee is unable to work because they either:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms
  • Cannot work because they are self-isolating because they live with someone who has symptoms
  • Are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks

Before 6 April the weekly rate of SSP was £94.25, and after 6 April the weekly rate of SSP is £95.85. If you pay your employee more than the weekly rate of SSP you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.

For more guidance please visit the government website here.


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