It has been announced that the self-employed could claim up to 80 per cent of earnings for the next three months.
This proposal will also cover those in freelance work.
Full and part-time employees who have lost work to have up to 80 per cent of their wages paid, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.
People not eligible for SSP, or those who lose their jobs, will be able to claim employment and support allowance (ESA) from the first day they are out of work as opposed to eight, which was previously the case.
Under normal circumstances, UK workers are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as long as they’ve started working for an employer, are sick for at least four days in a row, and earn on average at least £118 per week (£6,136 per year).
These rules still apply if you are working on a part-time or fixed-term contract.
Workers on zero hour contracts are entitled to SSP too, but only if they’ve done some work for the company and been ill for at least four days in a row, including their days off.
You’ll also need to have earned an average of at least £118 a week before tax over the past eight weeks.
But specifically due to coronavirus, those who qualify for SSP, including zero hour workers, and who self-isolate because of the coronavirus, can claim sick pay from day one. This means they won’t have to wait the usual four days before benefiting.