Covid-19: UK budget gives £94 a week statutory sick pay to self-isolators and their carersBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1001 (Published 11 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1001
- Elisabeth Mahase
- The BMJ
As part of its 2020 budget the UK government will extend statutory sick pay of £94.25 (€108; $121) a week to include people advised to self-isolate because of covid-19 and to those caring for them.
The medical evidence necessary to claim sick pay will also be relaxed in relation to covid-19, meaning that people will not require a GP’s “fit” note. Instead, people will be able to get a notification from NHS 111 when they are advised to self-isolate, which they can use as evidence where necessary. “This notification would meet employers’ need for evidence, whilst taking pressure away from general practices,” the budget plan said.1
The budget …