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ssp confusion

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
hiya

i need advice as im getting confused with the different information i have recieved from my employeer and from citizens advice

i have been off work duie to my mental health since july, i was previously off work with this the year prior also.
since july i have recieved no money from my work as they say i have used up my ssp, however citizens advice say i should be recieving ssp.

my only income currently is carers allowance as i take care of my partner and universal credit which my partner recieves for us.
im really struggling financlly and dont know what to do at this point so advice would be really appreciated

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  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    If you were back at work for more than 8 weeks between your periods of sickness your 28 week entitlement to SSP starts again. If less than this the second period of sickness is treated as an extension of the first so if SSP entitlement has already been exhausted no further SSP will be due.

    In order to qualify for SSP you need to have been earning at least £118/week in the weeks leading up to your period of sickness.

    There’s an employer guide here https://www.gov.uk/employers-sick-pay/eligibility-and-form-ssp1. If you think you should be getting SSP you may wish to refer your employer to this.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • chrisburchrisbur Forumite
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    When your SSP entitlement ends (or if possible well before it ends) your employer should issue you with an SSP1 form and return any fit notes which cover time after it ends. This enables you to make a claim for ESA, full details are on the SSP1 form.

    Have you been issued with an SSP1 form or any written notice of why SSP is not being paid?
  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    chrisbur wrote: »
    When your SSP entitlement ends (or if possible well before it ends) your employer should issue you with an SSP1 form and return any fit notes which cover time after it ends. This enables you to make a claim for ESA, full details are on the SSP1 form.

    Have you been issued with an SSP1 form or any written notice of why SSP is not being paid?

    The OP would need to meet the qualifying NI conditions to claim ESA which they may not do if they have already had long periods of sickness. In any case if they did receive ESA they would be no better off because it would simply be deducted from the UC they receive in future.

    Good point that if the employer thinks SSP is not payable they should issue an SSP1 confirming why.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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