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SSP is paid to sick employees by their employer, for up to 28 weeks.
You are entitled to it if you have:
* had average earnings of at least £112 a week
* been sick for at least 4 days in a row including weekends and bank holidays
If YES to both, let your employer know. He will check if you are entitled to SSP.
You can get SSP for up to 28 weeks in one spell of sickness. Spells with 8 weeks or less between them are counted as one spell.
If you have more than one job you may be entitled to SSP from each employer.
If your SSP ends and you are still sick, you may be able to get Employment Support Allowance.
You are entitled to £88.45 weekly SSP if your average earnings before deductions such as tax and National Insurance (NI) are £112 a week or more
To claim, ask your employer about SSP.
Other relevant benefits
Employment Support Allowance
Council Tax Benefit