Government announces reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

18 January 2022


  • HMRC have confirmed that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (“SSPRS”) will be reinstated from mid-January 2022.  Businesses were eligible for the scheme from 21 December 2021 and they will be able to make claims retrospectively from mid-January.
  • Similarly to the previous scheme it will help businesses with fewer than 250 employees by reimbursing the cost of Statutory Sick Pay (“SSP”) for COVID-related absences for up to 2 weeks per employee.
  • Employers will need to keep records of SSP paid and want to claim back from HMRC for 3 years after the date of receiving the payment for the claim.
  • See the guidance here and the announcement here.

Further guidance on the new SSPRS is set to be released in the coming weeks.

Aspire comment:

The extension of the SSPRS will come as a huge relief to small and medium-sized employers by allowing them to reclaim the cost of SSP.

As the SSPRS is for COVID-related absences the employer will need to ensure that their records include the reason the employee was off work i.e. did they have COVID symptoms?

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