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Budget 2020: Chancellor says sick pay will be available for all who self-isolate

by LLB Reporter
11th Mar 20 12:48 pm

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons, he wants to get “straight” to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sunak said the public are understandably worried and the government are “doing everything we can” to keep people healthy and keep UK financially secure.

The Chancellor has announced sick pay will be available for everyone who has to self-isolate, and that the NHS will get “whatever extra resources” it needs to deal with coronavirus.

Secondly, the chancellor tells MPs that statutory sick pay will be available for everyone who is told to self-isolate, even if they don’t have symptoms.

For those self-employed or in the gig economy, Sunak said, it will be “quicker and easier” for them to access benefits.

“Those on Contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be able to claim from day 1 instead of day 8; To make sure that time spent off work due to sickness is reflected in your benefits, I’m also temporarily removing the minimum income floor in Universal Credit.

“And I’m relaxing the requirement for anyone to physically attend a jobcentre; everything can be done by phone or online.

“Taken together, these measures on ESA and Universal Credit, provide a boost of almost £0.5bn to our welfare system.”

Peter Webb, managing director at Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI), the UK’s largest digital thermometer manufacturer specialising in the food & drink space, said, “The announcement made by the chancellor that the government will meet costs for businesses with fewer than 250 employees by providing statutory sick pay to those off work due to coronavirus is very much welcomed by our business.

“In the past 24 hours alone another 83 people have tested positive for the virus. These are unprecedented times and businesses of all sizes needed reassurance and a dose of confidence in order to stabilise their business and support their workforces.

“What this does is it confirms the governments’ commitment to getting behind British business throughout this crisis and helps stabilise employment and supports productivity.”

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