Can a reduced claim be submitted for a member of staff who is self-isolating and able to complete elements of their role remotely?

January 2021 – A claim can now be submitted in this scenario as Schools Mutual Fund claim form now provides the opportunity to create a reduced claim, in response to the Covid-19 national lockdown. This added flexibility will allow schools to submit a Mutual Fund claim at a reduced percentage, where an employee has been able to complete a proportion of their role remotely, provided they have not been signed off by a GP.

This would be ideal in the following example scenario:If a teacher completed equivalent to 20% of their contracted hours remotely during a month, then a Mutual Fund claim can be submitted for the 80% of hours that weren’t worked during the month, provided that cover was required for the post-holder, as per standard Mutual Fund Terms and Conditions. To make the example claim, you would need to enter ’80’ for question 3A in the claim form.

Question 3A has been added to the Mutual Fund Claim form to request the claim percentage. Note that this is a mandatory field, so you must always add a claim percentage, even if you are completing a full claim at 100%

Please note: Claims relating to this new flexibility are from January 2021 until further notice, no retrospective claims are permitted. As the Covid-19 pandemic evolves, this guidance will remain under review and may be removed. If this is the case, a blog post will be released to members to inform them.