It's paid by your employer for the first 28 weeks of any period of sickness. This includes separate periods of sickness linked by intervals of up to 8 weeks.
To qualify you must be employed to work full-time or part-time and earn at least £118 a week (before tax). You must have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days).
The benefit is taxable and National Insurance contributions may be deducted. You can claim at any age. There are no additions for dependants, such as children.
Statutory Sick Pay is £94.25 a week. Your employer might pay extra sick pay on top of Statutory Sick Pay.
To claim, you must notify your employer. After 7 days of sickness you will need to give them a ‘fit note’ (previously known as a doctor’s certificate or 'sick' note).