Is there any financial support available to me if I can’t work because I have the coronavirus (Covid-19) or I have to self- isolate?

Start by contacting your employer. Your employer may have a coronavirus (Covid-19) policy in place which will explain the support they will provide to you. 

If they do not have a specific policy in place, ask your employer or check your employment contract to see if you are entitled to contractual sick pay. Contractual sick pay is pay, over and above the statutory minimum, and guaranteed by the employment contract.

If you are not entitled to contractual sick pay you should be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a contract of employment with your employer, and
  • You must earn, on average, £120 per week

Statutory Sick Pay is usually paid after 4 days of illness.  However in response to the pandemic the government has announced that SSP will be paid from day one of illness or self-isolation. It is important you inform your employer as soon as possible that you are ill or self-isolating.

Please also see our SSP and Salary questions.

If you need further advice or support during this time, please call RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or visit the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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