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The SSP Rebate Scheme has now reopened meaning you’re once again able to claim back up to two weeks SSP for employees who have taken time off because of COVID-19.

To be eligible to use the Scheme you must: 

  1. Have already paid your employee’s COVID-related SSP;
  2. Have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created or started on or before 30 November 2021; and
  3. Have had fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021 across all your PAYE payroll schemes.

You can claim for:

  1. Employees who were off work on or after 21 December 2021 due to COVID-19. If the absence started before 21 December 2021, you’ll need to use 21 December 2021 as the start date.
  2. The maximum number of employees you can claim for is the number of employees across all your PAYE schemes on 30 November 2021.

You don’t need a doctor’s fit note from any employees in order to make a claim and the Scheme covers all types of employment contract from full-time to fixed term. You can find everything you’ll need in order to make your claim here on the government website.

Get in touch if you need support in managing COVID-related absences. 


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (21 January 2022), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.

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