COVID-19: financial support and benefits

UK

There are two main benefits that you may be entitled to receive:

1. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
• Available from day 1 of illness (not the usual day 4)
• Payable if staying at home on government advice (not just if you are affected by COVID-19
• The benefit pays £96.35 per week for up to 28 weeks

If your illness is not related to COVID-19

If your illness is not related to COVID-19, you can get SSP from the fourth day you are off work sick.

You can read more about SSP here.

2. Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• You can apply for this if you are not eligible for SSP
• You can apply for up to 3 months before the end of your SSP benefit (if applicable)
• It is possible to have this alongside universal credit
• You are not eligible for this support if you have savings/investments over £16,000
• ESA is paid every 2 weeks
• You can apply for a budgeting loan if you are on ESA for at least 6 months
• If able you can work for up to 16hrs / earning £131.50 per week and still claim ESA

You can read more about ESA here.

You cannot get SSP if you’re self-isolating after entering or returning to the UK and do not need to self-isolate for any other reason.

Republic of Ireland

There are two main benefits that you may be entitled to receive:

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

  • You can apply for this if you are aged 18-66
  • You can apply if you are working part time due to your hours being cut
  • This benefit can be paid for up to 6 weeks

You can read more here.

Illness Benefit

  • You can apply for this if you have COVID-19 and have been told to self-isolate by your GP
  • You must be covered by appropriate class of social insurance (PRSI)
  • You can apply for this immediately and not have to wait for the usual 6 days
  • Call 1890 800024 for further advice

You can read more here.

Stay up to date with the latest NHS advice here.

Stay up to date with the latest HSE advice here.