Coronavirus Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has launched

The Coronavirus Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has launched today, 26 May.


The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).


You will be eligible to use the scheme if:

  • You are claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • You were using a PAYE payroll scheme before 28 February 2020
  • You had less than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020
  • You are eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework


The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP and is payable if a current or former employee who is entitled to SSP was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020, because they either:

  • Have coronavirus
  • Are self-isolating and unable to work from home
  • Are shielding because they have been advised that they are at high risk


You should keep records of all the SSP payments you wish to claim for. You must keep the following records for 3 years after the date you received the payment for your claim:

  • The dates the employee was off sick
  • Which of those dates were qualifying days
  • The reason they were off work
  • The employee’s NI number


For more information about the scheme please go to