Updates to SSP1 form

13 January 2021

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published an updated SSP1 form, for use when an employee is not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or when their entitlement to SSP is ending.

The following changes have been made:

  • The form has been streamlined and brought up to date, to discuss Universal Credit (UC) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), instead of referring to them as ‘benefits’
  • All links and phone numbers have been reviewed to ensure that they are correct
  • The old part E has been removed, and incorporated within the form or added to the new part C
  • The list of options in the new part C has been updated, to include the following:
    • You became sick after your contract of employment ended (Note for employee: Your employer will have to pay you SSP if they ended your contract solely or mainly to avoid paying SSP)
    • You did not tell your employer about your sickness

The form can either be downloaded and then completed on screen and printed or printed and then completed with a pen. Once the form is completed, it must be provided to the relevant employee, who may then be able to claim other forms of financial assistance.


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