(added Monday 23 March)
People Group Services will constantly monitor the latest advice from government with reference to actions required for Coronavirus.
We are aware of the government’s pledge to cover 80% of salaries. We are striving to secure this funding in what is very much unchartered waters. So far we have very little information other than what is available on web pages.
Rest assured we are doing everything we can. In the meantime if you have been working then please gather the information that we would require to present to apply for the funding of your wages. Please only collate this information in the first instance and do not send it into us.
An assignment schedule must have the following detail to enable us to prove you are working for any application of funding under the ‘furloughed’ worker scheme.
- Place of work/assignment location
- Job role/position
- Daily/hourly rate of pay
- Start and end date of assignment
We will update this information as more detail becomes available to us.
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) update
(added Friday 20 March)
Following increased government action on Friday 20th March 2020, our guidance on SSP has been updated below.
A very high proportion of our agency partners work within the education sector, so this will have a significant impact on us too.
Self-isolation and sickness
(added Thursday 19 March)
Contractors who are in self-isolation because of personal sickness or sickness in the household may be entitled to SSP. However, in order for claims to be accepted they MUST be accompanied by a valid assignment schedule as proof of upcoming work.
Individuals can self-certify for 7 days and may have up to 14 days with an NHS 111 certificate.
Once the duration of the assignment schedule is completed then contractors will no longer be eligible to claim SSP and must seek universal credit instead (link below).
(added Thursday 19 March)
With all schools in England set to close to the vast majority of students on Friday 20th March, contractors who find themselves without work will unfortunately not be entitled to claim SSP.
Instead, they should apply for universal credit on the link below:
We understand that for some people this presents a difficult situation. With advice changing all the time we will endeavour to stay updated and continue to provide guidance and assistance where possible. We are continuing to service our customers so please get in touch on email, phone or webchat if you have any questions. Our phone lines are very busy, so please do also consider email and webchat.
Webchat is available on the contractor portal and our website.