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28 days self-certification

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Between 17/12/21 - 26/1/22, employees could self-cert for 28 days rather than 7 as a temporary Covid measure. Does anyone know if this also applied to UC/ESA and was any guidance issued about it?

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/la-welfare-direct-bulletins-2021/la-welfare-direct-lite-122021

4. A bulletin has gone out to General Practice (Thursday 16 December) with the following information:

DWP are making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17 December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

This means that there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits including, but not limited to Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

This time limited change will end on 26th January 2022. Further guidance on this will be available shortly.

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Thanks UB40.
My question was really badly worded…
Was the further guidance referred to ever issued? I’m trying to find anything specifically in relation to UC and/or ESA.

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Thanks Vonny. Wood and trees comes to mind