When this payment stops

There will be no new claims for Sickness Allowance from 20 March 2020. If you’re sick and unable to work or study you may be eligible for JobSeeker Payment.

Keep in mind you can get JobSeeker Payment if you have a job or study to return to.

Make sure you tell us about changes to your circumstances.

Read more about the changes in the Welfare Reform Act 2018 on the Department of Social Services website.

If you’re currently getting Sickness Allowance

You don’t need to do anything right now. If you transfer and are still sick or injured, you can submit another medical certificate.

You may not need to meet any mutual obligation requirements.

We’ll contact you before your medical certificate expires and let you know what to do.

If you’re getting Sickness Allowance on 20 March 2020

Your payment will continue until your medical certificate expires. After it expires your Sickness Allowance will stop and you may be able to transfer to JobSeeker Payment.

We’ll send you a letter on myGov message closer to the time with more details. In this, we’ll advise you how to transfer to JobSeeker Payment if you need to.

Page last updated: 9 January 2020