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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Joint letter to Jesse Norman MP on SSP support

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The REC, along with the Association of Labour Providers (ALP), APSCO and Team, have written a joint letter to Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, urging the government to extend the 14-day refund to employers with more than 250 employees across their PAYE payrolls. 

Many of our members have  few staff of their own but a sizeable payroll of agency workers.  This particularly exposes them to the financial impact of SSP, an employer cost they are unable commercially to claim back from end-user clients in most cases.  

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, people will begin to return to their workplaces. There will likely be a far greater number of SSP claims than members are currently experiencing during lockdown. Some of our members, particularly those with very large agency worker payrolls, run their businesses on very tight margins, which are likely to get even tighter as the economy struggles to recover. They simply do not have the cashflow to finance high numbers of SSP payments and this could become a solvency issue.

The REC, along with other business groups, have been calling for this change in SSP support since before the lockdown and have previously raised this issue with the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, as well as the Prime Minister and the Minister for Small Buisiness.

You can find our joint letter to Jesse Norman MP here.