Temporary extension to the SSP self-certification period to 28 days and fit note easement for benefits

On 12 December 2021, the Prime Minister launched the Omicron Emergency Boost, with the NHS expected to offer every eligible adult over the age of 18 a booster vaccination by 31 December 2021.

In response to a request for all government departments to help release capacity in General Practice the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has put in place two temporary changes:

extending the self-certification period for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from 7 to 28 days, by delivering regulations which come into force on 17 December 2021

applying an easement so that fit notes are not required for benefit purposes

** PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS FOR SSP CLAIMS ONLY!**

This is not applicable when qualifying for company sick pay and 7 day self certification still applies for this.

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Published: Dec 22, 2021