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COVID-19 statutory sick pay enhancement scheme

The Statutory Sick Pay Enhancement Scheme supports care workers who only get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) ( when absent, or who are not eligible for SSP.

It means that employers can pay eligible workers their full pay if they cannot work due to COVID-19 or if they have to self-isolate.

This removes the financial disadvantage to care workers of staying away from work. This will help to protect our most vulnerable citizens.

You will need to access this scheme via your employer who will be able to provide you with the details they need to apply for the payment.

To find out full eligibility details, please visit the Welsh Government website


If you have any specific queries in respect of eligibility for the scheme, you should contact your employer.

If you are an employer based or operating with-in Rhondda Cynon Taf county boundaries and wish to make a claim or if you require more information regarding the scheme, please email email address is for use by employers only.

Self-isolation support scheme

Care workers may also be eligible for the Self-isolation support scheme if they are in receipt of certain benefits.

This scheme provides a £500 payment to people who:

  • are asked to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or
  • have been identified as a close contact by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service

HOWEVER, you can ONLY apply for one of the schemes. If you are eligible for both schemes you have to decide which one to apply to for each absence.

View more information about the Self-isolation Support Scheme