Statutory Sick Pay (NMT/NC)
Find out about statutory sick pay and occupational or company sick pay.
You may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay if you’re an employee and unable to work because of your cancer or another illness.
You can claim it if you meet both of these conditions:
You’re unwell and off work for at least four days in a row (including weekends, bank holidays and days that you don’t normally work).
Your average weekly earnings are at least £111.
Statutory Sick Pay is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks of sickness. The standard rate is currently £87.55 a week.
Before your Statutory Sick Pay is due to end, you should check whether you’re entitled to Employment and Support Allowance.
How to claim
Ask your employer, as they’re responsible for making these payments. If you qualify for Statutory Sick Pay, your employer can’t pay you less.
Occupational or company sick pay
You may be entitled to occupational or company sick pay on top of Statutory Sick Pay. Check your employment contract, or contact your manager or the human resources department at your work to find out.
If you’re self-employed, you can still apply for benefits. If you’ve been paying national insurance contributions, you may qualify for benefits such as contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance. Even if you have not paid national insurance contributions, you might still qualify for income-related ESA if the impact of your illness has reduced your self-employed earnings.
You may also qualify for other benefits depending on your personal circumstances, income, savings, care and mobility needs. Contact a welfare rights adviser for advice by calling 0808 808 00 00.
You may be covered by employment law if your employer:
dismisses you because of your illness
doesn’t pay you what you’re entitled to
discriminates against you in any way because of your illness
The Equality Act 2010 protects anyone in England, Scotland or Wales who has, or has had, cancer. The Disability Discrimination Act protects anyone in Northern Ireland. Even if a person who had cancer in the past has been successfully treated and is now cured, they’re still covered by the act. This means their employer must not discriminate against them for any reason, including their past cancer.
Income tax refund
If you have to give up work and your income falls, you may be eligible for a tax refund.
How to claim
Your employer may be able to organise this, or you can contact your local HMRC Enquiry Centre. If your circumstances have changed, it’s also worth asking whether you’re still paying the correct amount of tax.