Claimant must be under 65, be in full time employment earn at least £95.85 Per week, and have been incapable of work through illness or injury for at least 4 consecutive days.
‘Earnings’ means average of the claimant’s gross pay over a period of 8 weeks. Immediately before the beginning of the period of entitlement, whether those earnings are representative or not. In other words it is the average of the those earnings are representative or not. In other words it is the average of the actual earnings over the 8 week prior to the claim, even if the claimant usually earned more or less than this. During this 8 week payments of Maternity Pay or SSP or week when no payment at all was made, will all count.
Unlike most other benefits SSP is paid to the claimant by his employer rather the dept of employment or benefits agency.
If the employer does not or will not pay SSP the claimant can request that the Inland Revenue make a decision about his SSP entitlement. He does this by registering a claim SSP1 with the Benefits Agency and a decision made by Inland Revenue will be binding on the employer.