Coronavirus and Pulmonary Hypertension Coronavirus Advice Hub

Financial support if you can’t work because of coronavirus

Added 2nd November 2020

If you can’t work due to coronavirus, you should be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

Statutory Sick Pay

This benefit is for you if you are in employment but cannot work because you are isolating due to having coronavirus – or being in close contact with someone who has it – or if you have symptoms yourself.

You can also claim it if you are shielding. 

You will be asked to prove your eligibility, with either a letter from your specialist centre or something from NHS Track and Trace.

You can go to this webpage to request an isolation note

You can go to this webpage to request a shielding note. You may get more than one letter covering more than one shielding period.

If you work, but do not live, in an area with local restrictions that include advice to shield, you can apply for a ‘shielding note’ if all of the following are true:

Your shielding note will be valid for 3 weeks from the date you apply as long as there are local restrictions that include advice to shield in the place where you work. If the note expires and you still need to shield, you’ll need to apply for another note.

How much will I get?

You’d be entitled to £95.85 a week and this will run until a time specified on the letter from your doctor. For example, if your letter says you should shield for six weeks, you will be entitled to the payment for six weeks.

Carers can also claim SSP if they are supporting someone with a conformed case of COVID-19 and are therefore unable to work.

 To apply for SSP click here

 Employment Support Allowance

You can apply for ESA if you fall into one of these categories:

  • you or your child might have coronavirus or you’re recovering from it
  • you or your child are self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who might have coronavirus
  • you’ve been advised by your doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery
  • you’ve been advised to ‘shield’ (take extra precautions to reduce contact with others) because you’re at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You will be asked to prove your eligibility, with either a letter from your specialist centre or something from NHS Track and Trace.

You can go to this webpage to request an isolation note

You can go to this webpage to request a shielding note . You may get more than one letter covering more than one shielding period.

How much will I get?

The payments are at two rates:

  1. While the claim’s going through under 25s get £58.90 a week and over 25s get £74.35 a week
  2. Once the claim has gone through you get either £74.35 a week if you’re in what’s known as a ‘work related group’ or £113.55 a week if you’re in what’s known as a ‘support group’. Most people with PH will fall into the ‘support group’ category.

To apply for ESA call 0800 169 0350 or click here

Last medically reviewed: November, 2020 • Due for review: November, 2023