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Self employment and benefits - What benefits can I claim if I can't work because of illness, injury or disability?

If you or your partner are working, or thinking of starting work, as a self employed person you might qualify for welfare benefits to top up your income.

The benefits you are entitled to will depend on a number of things, including your age, the number of hours you work and how much you earn.

What benefits can I claim if I can't work because of illness, injury or disability?

If you have been working in self employment and are unable to work because of illness, injury or disability you might be able to get the following benefits to top up or replace your earnings from self employment:

There are other benefits not related to illness, injury or disability which you may become entitled to for the first time or get an increase in because of your change in income:

Can I get self employed Sick Pay?

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is paid by an employer when an employee is unable to work due to sickness. If you are self employed you cannot get Statutory Sick Pay as you are working for yourself and therefore do not have an employer.

If you are self employed and temporarily unable to work due to illness, you should check if you qualify for Employment and Support Allowance.

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