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Statutory sick pay


The statutory sick pay (SSP) scheme, set out in Part XI of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, entitles qualifying employees who have been absent from work for four or more consecutive days to receive a minimum weekly payment. Employees are entitled to up to 28 weeks' SSP in any period of incapacity for work.


The rate of SSP is contained in section 157 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. The rate from 1 April 2019 was prescribed by the Social Security Benefits Uprating Order 2019 (SI 2019/480). SSP rises every April in line with any annual increase in CPI measured in the previous September. If there is no change or a decrease in CPI, SSP remains the same.