Sick pay for agency workers 'shielded' for 12 weeks due to Covid-19

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Sick pay for agency workers 'shielded' for 12 weeks due to Covid-19

I wonder if anyone has experience of employment law, specifically relating to the current Covid-19 crisis.  I have looked on the Gov.UK website and called ACAS, but ACAS are not taking calls and refer you to their website, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer on either website for my particular situation.

I am an agency worker registered with 5 different agencies and work for whichever one has work available at the time and have done so for a few years now.  On Monday I received the dreaded NHS Coronavirus Service text saying 'We have identified that you're someone at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus.  Please remain at home for a minimum of 12 weeks etc.'  This is because I am classed as a severe asthmatic and it would not therefore be advisable to catch the virus!

As I am an agency worker, it seems that I am not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as I am not regarded as an Employee.  I cannot seem to find out what, if anything, I am entitled to now I am not allowed to go out and work for the next 12 weeks?

Does anyone have any knowledge of employment law in these circumstances?  Both Chris (Aeroscreens) and I cannot now earn an income (Chris for a minimum of 3 weeks and me for 12 weeks).  Surely as an agency worker I must be entitled to some form of sick pay when this quarantine is the law?

If anyone has any knowledge on this subject, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks

Maggie

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We have an exMember whose wife has helped a few people. I'll ask him to have a look.

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Thanks, Jonathan.  That's very kind of you.

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Maggie

 

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