The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close on 17 March 2022.

The scheme enables small and medium-sized businesses to claim money from the Government to cover statutory sick pay for employees affected by COVID-19.

Businesses will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for their employees’ coronavirus-related absences or self-isolation that occur after 17 March 2022.

New claims for any periods up to 17 March 2022 must be submitted by 24 March 2022.

Normal SSP rules will resume from 25 March 2022, whereby SSP is paid from the fourth qualifying day the employee is off work, regardless of the reason for the sickness absence.

Scheme recap

The scheme is aimed at employers, enabling them to claim back employees’ SSP relating to Covid-19.

Employers can made a claim if they

How to make a claim

Before making a claim, a business must have already paid the employee’s SSP.

Claims can be made using the Government’s online service.

The repayment covers up to two weeks SSP starting from the first qualifying day of sickness. The weekly rate for SSP is £96.35. Employers that pay more than the weekly rate of SSP can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.