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Can I claim Sickness Benefit if I have to Self-Isolate?

Steps have been taken to support those who need to make claims under the existing sickness benefit provision, in line with guidance from Public Health Services. Individuals who are self-isolating following Public Health advice DO NOT need to see their GP or provide a medical certificate (sick note) to make a claim for sickness benefit. Please call our helpline on 01481 732516 or email to discuss what support may be available to you.

These kind of claims will generally only be valid for 14 days or until the individual receives a negative test result for COVID-19. If an individual does not have any symptoms that would prevent them from working and is supported to work while self-isolating by their employer, for instance at home on a laptop, they will not be eligible for sickness benefit.

Further information on Sickness Benefit can be found here: