The government is reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS).  This will be a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19 and will refund SME employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up to two weeks per employee.  SMEs are defined here as firms with fewer than 250 employees.

Employers can claim for COVID-related sickness absences occurring from 21 December 2021 onwards through HMRC from mid-January onwards, using this website:  The government will keep the duration of the scheme under review.

You can also access a fact sheet on this at or download this below.

SSPRS Fact Sheet (Dec-21).pdf

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