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End of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

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End of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Along with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it has been announced that the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will end on 30 September 2021.

Introduced in May 2020, the scheme enables small and medium sized businesses to reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) paid to an employee in respect of the first two weeks of a coronavirus related sickness absence.  

Employers still have until 31 December 2021 to make a claim for repayment of SSP paid during periods up to and including 30 September 2021 if:

  • they are claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
  • employed fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020

To check your eligibility to make a claim please visit: Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (

The easing of self-isolation rules, along with the relatively high take up of vaccinations, as well as maintaining Covid secure arrangements in the workplace and encouraging best practice away from work should help reduce the number of employees required to be absent.

With the coronavirus not looking to disappear from our daily life anytime soon and financial support from the government coming to an end, many employers will be concerned about the continuing financial impact on their business and employees. 

If you would like to discuss the ending of the government schemes, any workplace covid or non-covid related issue and how it may affect you or if you wish to discuss any other topic, please contact me at or call 01206 217301