I'm just having a whinge really
I've just sat through an HMRC webinar about SSP updates. I asked the following question:
Q: Years ago you could claim some SSP back. Now you cannot. So why do you still require SSP pay and dates to be recorded? what are they used for?
and the answer I got back
A: i imagine its primarily for audit and cimpliance [sic] purposes. As statuory payments are statutory requirements i imagine non compliance would have potential consequences and occasionally this compliance may be audited.
Doesn't sound a very convincing answer!
I find it it very annoying to records SSP with clients that have lots of working patterns and often with high absence rates - but where they pay contractual pay in excess of SSP, the SSP is totally irrelevant.....apart from the "statutory requirements"
To say you have to do something because of statutory requirements without saying what purpose those requirements exist for - is not an answer!
So does anyone have any further insights into why the records are required?
Or is it just another example of bureaucracy for the sake of it