Claiming back SSP due to COVID-19

What is the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS)?

The reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) was announced as part of a £1bn support package for businesses impacted by the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The scheme will cover COVID-related sickness absences occurring from 21 December 2021.

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to claim up to two weeks’ SSP per employee for COVID-related sickness absences occurring from 21 December 2021.


Employers will be eligible for this support if they:

  • are UK-based;
  • employed fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021;
  • had a PAYE scheme at 30 November 2021; and
  • they have paid their employees’ COVID-related statutory sick pay (SSP).


When will the scheme end?

There are no details indicating when the scheme will end other than the government will keep the scheme under review.


Can Payroll Sorted help with my claim?

Yes we can – please just let us know by completing this form that you would like us to submit your claim and we will look to action this for you. 


Is there an associated cost?

Yes – there is an administration fee which will be advised upon receipt of an SSP claim request. 


How often can you claim? 

The claims can be matched with frequency of the payroll i.e. weekly payrolls can have claims submitted weekly.


How long does it take to receive the claim?

Your claim will be checked, and if valid, paid into the account you supplied within 6 working days.


What would potentially happen if the claim submitted was false/misleading?

HMRC will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate. Where employers knowingly and deliberately provide false or misleading information to benefit from the claim, HMRC will apply penalties of up to £3,000.00


Need to find out more info?

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