How long do I have to wait after making a claim before my payments start?
Published 18/03/2016 11.51 AM | Updated 01/03/2017 01.18 AM
You can choose how long you have to wait after you stop being able to work before we start making payments to you. We call this the waiting period. You can choose a 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 or 24 month waiting period. For example, if you’re self employed, you may want payments to start after just 1 month as you won’t have an employer paying you sick pay. If you’re employed, and your employer pays you sick pay you might choose a longer waiting period like 3 or 6 months, to tie in with how long your employer pays you sick pay.
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