Statutory Sick Pay: Miscarriage

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what exceptions are in place for those who claim statutory sick pay for a miscarriage at between 20 and 24 weeks who subsequently lose their job before completing the qualifying criterion of two full tax years for claiming jobseeker's allowance.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

There are no specific exceptions in place for women in this position. During any period that a woman is in receipt of statutory sick pay, for whatever reason, she is entitled to be credited with earnings equal to the lower earnings limit. These credits can be applied where the actual earnings for a particular year are insufficient to satisfy the contribution conditions for jobseeker’s allowance.

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