You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Coronavirus: workers who self-isolate will get three days more sick pay

Written by:
Employees will receive statutory sick pay from the first day they are off work, under new emergency coronavirus plans announced today by Boris Johnson.

The prime minister said people who self-isolate “are helping to protect us all by slowing the spread of the virus” but “they may lose out financially”.

He said: “I can today announce that the Health Secretary will bring forward as part of our emergency coronavirus legislation measures to allow the payment of statutory sick pay from the very first day you were sick instead of four days under the current rules.

“Nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing.”

The weekly rate for statutory sick pay is £94.25 and it can be paid for up to 28 weeks. Only workers earning at least £118 a week are eligible to receive it.

According to the TUC, nearly two million lower paid workers miss out on receiving sick pay when ill, and most of these are women.

It is calling for the lower earnings limit to be abolished.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

The savings accounts paying the most interest

If one of your jobs this month is to get your finances in order, moving your savings to a higher paying deal i...

Everything you need to know about being furloughed

Few people had heard of ‘furlough’ before March 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic thrust the idea of bein...

Coronavirus and your finances: what help can you get in the second lockdown?

News and updates on everything to do with coronavirus and your personal finances.

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
Investors pull £1.5bn from equity funds in a week over coronavirus fears

Spooked investors pulled £1.55bn from equity funds in just a week as the market crashed off the back of the...