Statutory Sick Pay – New SSP1 form comes into use

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

On 27 October, Income Support was replaced by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for new applicants.  As ESA does not require employers to provide employees’ sickness and SSP  history, the new simplified SSP1 form, used to advise employees of the reason the employer cannot pay, or continue to pay, SSP, came into use from that date.

The new form should be use in all cases where

  • SSP has been in payment but entitlement ends on or after 26 October 2008, or
  • there is no entitlement to SSP on or after 27 October 2008.

In any other case, the old form should be used.  Both forms are available to download on the DWP web site.

A different version of form SSP1 is used in Northern Ireland and is available at the link provided below.  The differences between the Northern Ireland form and that used in the rest of the UK appear in the first two pages of the document.  They relate principally to the differences that exist in the roles of the Department of Social Development and the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Social Security Agency and Jobcentre Plus.

Further information:
Your guide to Employment and Support Allowance
Statutory Sick Pay Forms
Important changes to form SSP1

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