The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that,  due to the surge in Covid cases, The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme has restarted again. This is to support employers who are facing Covid-related absences. The scheme began again on the 21 December 2021 and claims can be made retrospectively from mid-January.

The SSP Rebate Scheme is open to UK based employers with a PAYE payroll and less than 250 employees as of 30 November 2021. To be eligible, firms must also have already paid their employees’ COVID-related SSP.

Employers can claim for up to 2 weeks of SSP per employee who are off work for coronavirus related reasons. This 2 week limit has been reset, so an employer will be able to claim up to two weeks per employee even if they have claimed for them before under the previous scheme. 

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