Is unpaid statutory sick pay treated as notional income under Universal Credit regulations?

Wondering if anyone can help with this.

My client is a director of his own limited company and is currently unable to work due to sickness. He is not eligible to claim NS ESA, as the company is expected to pay him statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks.

Due to his circumstances, he will be eligible for UC whether or not the limited company pays him statutory sick pay, but he will receive more if SSP is not paid.

So my question is: if he does not pay himself statutory sick pay and claims UC, will the statutory sick pay be treated as notional income under s60 of the UC Regulations, on the basis that he has deprived himself of the income for the purpose of securing entitlement to UC?

Thanks, Simon

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