Statutory Sick Pay - sometimes called Statutory Sickness Benefits - is paid to any employee who is not able to work owing to sickness. Your employer has to pay it to you for up to 28 weeks.
That is the law. It does not matter what type of illness you have. If you cannot work because of it, then you are entitled to SSP - Statutory Sick Pay - Sickness Benefit -providing that you are eligible. (Updated 5th October 2011)
How do I get SSP?
SSP is paid on a daily basis, and paid for the days you would normally work. This may include some weekend days if that is part of your contract of employment. The SSP Sickness Benefit is NOT paid for the first three days of any absence from working. If you are off work for two periods of more than four days in any eight weeks, then there is no 'waiting period' for the second period of sickness.
Rate of SSP From April 6th 2011 to 5th April 2012, the weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP sickness benefits) is set at £81.60. It will be worked out by your employer on a daily basis - taking into account your normal working days in the week. The week starts on Sundays for SSP.
You will get your SSP in your normal wages packet - either monthly
or weekly, depending upon how you are paid.
If you are only receiving SSP with no other earnings, then the will
not normally be any tax to be paid. However, if you receive other
earnings, then there may be a deduction of income tax and national
Important notes for Claiming SSP