The change in the rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) always takes place on 6 April each year. If an employee is being paid for a period of incapacity before and after 6 April, he or she is paid so many qualifying days at the old rate (up to 5 April) and so many days at the new rate (from 6 April). For 2012/13, there will be an increase in SSP to £85.85 a week and the earnings threshold will increase from £102 to £107 a week.
Maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), additional paternity (ASPP) and adoption pay (SAP) are slightly different to SSP. These are weekly payments, and any change in the statutory rate is geared to the first Sunday nearest to 6 April. There are slight increases in SMP, SPP, ASPP and SAP for the new tax year and these take place from Sunday 1 April 2012. The new rate for SAP, SPP and SMP for 2012/13 will be £135.45.