Updated HMRC guidance on Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus

HMRC has confirmed that it is going to reintroduce the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS), from mid-January 2022, to enable employers to claim back employees' coronavirus-related SSP.

For further guidance on how to claim, get in touch with director Jon Miles on or - for existing clients - the director who you normally deal with. Or call on 01225 325580 for more information.

Below is a summary of the additional financial support for businesses impacted by the economic effects of Omicron variant, announced in December by the Chancellor.
  • Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses
  • Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK
  • £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter

See below for more details and the Chancellor’s full statement. For help on how this might affect your business contact your usual RS on 01225 325580 or email us at

Recognising that the rise of the Omicron variant means some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks, the government is providing one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England.

At what is often their most profitable time of year, many pubs and restaurants have seen cancellations and reduced footfall as people have responded to the rise in cases ahead of Christmas, with Hospitality UK reporting that many businesses have lost 40-60% of their December trade, often their most profitable month.

Around 200,000 businesses will be eligible for the business grants which will be administered by local authorities and will be available in the coming weeks.

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