Temporary extension to the SSP self-certification period




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

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.


Published: Dec 22, 2021