Commenting on the Budget Nick Hill, money expert at the Money and Pensions Service said:
“The government has announced changes to the way statutory sick pay works for people who contract coronavirus or have to miss work as they have been advised to self-isolate. Your rights depend on your employment status and earnings. If you’re an employee, you should be entitled to statutory sick pay from the first day you are off work. It’s always worth checking your contract, staff handbook or with your employer about your sick pay entitlements.
“If you are self-employed or earn under the minimum amount needed to receive statutory sick pay, you may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit. For further information about what coronavirus means for you visit the Money Advice Service website.”
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About the Money and Pensions Service
The Money and Pensions Service vision is everyone making the most of their money and pensions.
MaPS is an arm’s-length body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and has a joint commitment to provide access to the information and guidance people across the UK need, to make effective financial decisions over their lifetime. The organisation also engages with HM Treasury on policy matters relating to financial capability and debt advice.
MaPS brings together the free services previously delivered by the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise. MaPS offers customers guidance and appointments over the telephone, online and in person.
For further information stakeholders should visit the Money and Pensions Service website www.moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk
Consumers can continue to access free guidance about their money and pensions via the following websites and help lines: