This webpage provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits

Employment and benefits support

Sick pay

If you cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay you will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of your illness. This applies retrospectively from 13 March 2020.

You may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay if:

  • you’re self-isolating because you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, and you’re unable to work as a result
  • you’re self-isolating because someone in your household (including an extended or linked household, or support bubble) is displaying symptoms of coronavirus, and you’re unable to work as a result
  • you’re self-isolating because you’ve been notified that you have come into contact with someone who has coronavirus, and you’re unable to work as a result, or
  • you’ve been sent a letter telling you to stay at home because you’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (this is known as ‘shielding’) and you live or work in an area where local restrictions are in place, or shielding guidance has been reintroduced nationally, and you’re unable to work as a result.

Other eligibility conditions apply. Check your eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay

If you are a gig worker and/or on a zero hours contract, you may be entitled to sick pay.

You may be able to get Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay at the same time. If you are receiving Statutory Sick Pay it may be a good idea to apply for Universal Credit as well, particularly if you pay rent or have children to support. If you get both, your Statutory Sick Pay will be taken into account when calculating your Universal Credit payment.

If you need to provide evidence to your employer that you need to stay at home due to having symptoms of coronavirus an Isolation Note can be obtained from NHS 111 online. If you live with someone that has symptoms, an Isolation Note can be obtained from the NHS website

If you are not eligible to receive sick pay you can apply for Universal Credit and/or apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance

You can also apply for these if you are prevented from working because of a risk to public health.

See the frequently asked questions on Statutory Sick Pay.