Wages and BenefitsWhat happens if I’m self-isolating?
If you’re self-isolating, you should be entitled to your usual, contractual sick pay from your employer.
What is the rate of statutory sick pay (SSP)?
You qualify for SSP if you normally earn over £118 a week. If you have symptoms of coronavirus you will get £94.25 a week of SSP. SSP is now payable from your first day sick, not the fourth.
What if I’m self-employed and self-isolating?
For those self-employed, you can make a claim for Universal Credit and ‘New Style’ Employment and Support Allowance. Check the government websites for more details.
Do I still get paid if where I work is closed during this period?
If you’re currently not working because your company has temporarily closed, the government has confirmed you can get 80% of your wages, capped at £2,500 a month. Wages will be backdated to March 1st.
You will get this if you’re a worker in a PAYE system, even on a zero hour contract.
My child’s school is closed
If you’re a key worker (NHS, emergency services, supermarket worker), you can send your children to school. You can see a full list of key workers here.
If you need to take time off to look after your children at home, you should talk to your employer about your options. Parents are entitled to take time off in this situation, but this may not all be paid.
What about Universal Credit and benefits?
Universal Credit is available for those on a low income (there is no longer a minimum) and who are unemployed. The amount has been increased due to the coronavirus.
The amount you get depends on various factors, such as age and if you live with anyone. You can apply for Universal Credit on the government website, but the process may take longer than usual.
I already claim Universal Credit and Housing Benefit
If you claim the Housing Benefit or Universal Credit you should also see an increase, as this is going up in line with rent costs.