Statutory Sick Pay and Working Tax Credit
If you were working when you became ill, you might be getting Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). SSP will be paid for the first 28 weeks that you are not able to work. If you were not working, or were self-employed, you might be able to apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). You may also get Working Tax Credit in addition to SSP or Employment and Support Allowance for the first 28 weeks if your income and savings are low.