Guidance for Self-employed individuals

Mar 18, 2020


The guidance in this area covers anyone who must take time off to stay at home if they are suffering from the virus or to prevent its spread. Changes have therefore been made to how SSP and Universal Credit supports self-employed claimants.

This includes:

  • people who cannot work due to the virus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness – this measure will apply retrospectively from 13 March 2020;
  • SSP will be payable to people who are staying at home on government advice, not just those who are infected, from 13 March 2020 after regulations were laid on 12 March 2020;
  • if evidence is required that someone needs to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get it from the NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a fit note from their doctor – this is currently under development and will be made available soon; and
  • self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of the virus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected.