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Hi, my name is Cubbs! I've been told my SSP has ended, but have never received it. Any advice?

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Cubbs
Cubbs Community member Posts: 8 Listener
edited November 2022 in Work and employment
I went absent with covid on the 12th Feb 2022. I was paid my full wage by the govt. In Sept 22 I reverted back to my own company sick pay provisions which is 6 months full pay until 23/3/2023. 

I will then go on half pay for a further 6 months.

I have received a SSP1 form from my employers today which states my 28 week SSP ended on the 11/11/22.

The issue is I have never received ssp never been informed I was on ssp and only received my normal pay between Feb and  end of August so have queried it today but the response is poor.

Can any of you guys advise me. I am currently 3 months into my full pay entitlements as I am currently off due to long covid.  Thankyou

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You will have been paid ssp for the 28 weeks all employers must pay this if you are paid over certain threshold.  You'd company then make up your earnings with company sick pay if they pay this there is no legal requirement to pay more than ssp

    I would check about you 6 month full pay and when it starts as they  will have been paying you this from when you first went off so y9ur pay may reduce earlier than you are expecting 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Sorry didn't pick up the gov had paid you initially but it would still have had ssp in this amount 

    You can use the ssp1 form to claim new style esa now your ssp has ended as long as you have paid sufficient ni contributions for the last 2 tax years

  • Cubbs
    Cubbs Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Not sure if I am replying in the right box folks. Janer1967 I am currently 2.5 months into my 6 months full entitlement so full pay runs out in March 23. However I hope to have recovered from long covid by then but who knows. 

    I don't know anything about benefits but the letter stated how long they had been paying it for. It said 1 day.

    I think I am just worrying because I am a registered carer for my mother. I have also been diagnosed with asthma because of covid, and osteoarthritis and the covid has sent my tinnitus off the scale. I wish I could turn my hearing aids up lol.

    I've never claimed benefits so it's good to get advice from you all. Thankyou

    Ada thankyou for the welcome too.


  • Cubbs
    Cubbs Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    I got a response today regarding SSP. It was a mistake apparently do I just ignore the letter.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,284 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you are still claiming SSP then you can’t be paid New style ESA at the same time. 3 months before the SSP ends you can start a claim for the ESA but you won’t be paid anything until the SSP ends. 
    If you’ve paid the correct amount of NI contributions in the previous 2 tax years you will be able to claim. 
    In the meantime you can check entitlement to Universal Credit but if you live with a partner you claim as a couple and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes ignore the letter 

    Your ssp will have started from when your company started to pay you and is paid for 28 weeks 

    As above follow poppy's advice about benefit claims 

    Hope you recover and be able to return to work but don't worry it will all work out either way 
  • Cubbs
    Cubbs Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    I am hoping to return to work on Jan 3rd so I will still be in receipt of my full pay. To get an email to sorry for the inconvenience. It was an error and you have not had any ssp was very pleasing. Thanks all for your very helpful support
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks for sharing this with us @Cubbs. It sounds like a really positive update.


    How are you feeling about everything at the moment? Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to help you  :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Cubbs said:
    I am hoping to return to work on Jan 3rd so I will still be in receipt of my full pay. To get an email to sorry for the inconvenience. It was an error and you have not had any ssp was very pleasing. Thanks all for your very helpful support
    If you have been off sick then your employer should have been paying SSP for 28 weeks within the contractual payments you have received, as described by janer. After 28 weeks the SSP entitlement would stop, which employer should confirm, and you could then claim new style ESA which you can receive even while still receiving contractual sick pay.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Cubbs
    Cubbs Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi L_Volunteer if I am honest I would say returning to work is not my top priority. I don't have the energy at the moment due to long covid . However, I will have to as I support my Mother. It bothers me that my employers make mistakes like this, cause untold stress, then simply just say it was a mistake. I should have learnt a long time ago with them after suffering 2 years of appalling disability discrimination due to my hearing loss.

    I'm just in a bit of a rut but I always bounce back.

    Thanks for your response.
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