Social care providers can reclaim Statutory Sick Pay from next week, government says

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Social care providers will be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees from next week.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced during the Budget in March as part of a package of support measures for business affected by the crisis and will launch on Tuesday (May 26).

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

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Employers will receive payments at the relevant rate of SSP, currently £95.85 per week, paid to current or former employees unable to work as a result of having coronavirus, self-isolating and unable to work, or shielding because they’re at ‘high risk’ of severe illness from coronavirus.

The repayment will cover up to two weeks of SSP for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March.

Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Therese Coffey, said: “We are committed to supporting Britain’s small and medium businesses through this pandemic with a comprehensive package of support.

“This rebate will put money back in the pockets of millions of employers, ensuring they can hit the ground running as the economy re-opens.”

The scheme covers all types of employment contracts, including full-time employees, part-time employees, employees on agency contracts and employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts.

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