Brits who self-isolate due to coronavirus fears will get sick pay from day one, Boris Johnson has announced today.
The PM revealed sweeping changes which mean people who have to stay at home will not have to wait 4 days to claim government funding.
Boris revealed the news at PMQs this afternoon, saying: “Nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing.”
Boris said: “I can today announce the Health Secretary will bring forward as part of emergency legislation, measures to allow the payment of statutory sick pay from the very first day you are sick instead of four days under current rules.
“I think that is the right thing.”
At the moment Brits have to be ill for three days, and they can start claiming Statutory Sick Pay on the fourth day.
To qualify, they have to earn at least £118 a week – so it doesn’t cover everyone.
The PM said today anyone who does not qualify for it can look into claiming Universal Credit instead.