The government has announced that any employees who are diagnosed or self isolates because of the coronavirus will be entitled to SSP from day one.
They will bring forward legislation which will allow certain employers (i.e. those with less than 250 employee) to reclaim up to fourteen days SSP per eligible employee affected by COVID-19.
The weekly allowance for SSP will increase from £94.25 to £95.85 from 6th April 2020.
Specific details of how this will happen have not yet been finalised. The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP.
Self employed employment and support allowance
The self-employed are not eligible for SSP but employment and support allowance will be available at a rate of £73.10 a week. Any eligible people affected by coronavirus or self-isolating will be entitled from day one rather than day eight.
The government is continually updating their website but if you have a claim then you should contact the Department for Work and Pensions. Please follow this link http://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses