Stuck: reform sick pay

Disabled people, including people with mental health problems, have told us that the current Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) system is inflexible and risks plunging them into poverty.

Too many of us are stuck with the impossible choice between taking time off sick when we’re unwell and being able to pay bills or buy food.

We are joining Mind in calling for a modern sick pay system that is flexible and fair.

The Government has acknowledged that the current sick pay system is not working. Now Government needs to change the law on sick pay, so that we are all able to take the time off we need when we are unwell.

Open letter to Government

Will you sign our open letter to the Government?

In October 2019, Scope, along with our campaigners, responded to the Government’s consultation ‘Health is Everyone’s Business'.

The consultation looked at ways to reduce ill-health related job loss. In this consultation, we outlined the changes we’d like to see.

Keep up to date with the consultation.

Sick pay: our recommendations

We are calling for the Government to reform the sick pay system, so that it is flexible, inclusive and a living wage.

Remove waiting days

We are calling for waiting days to be removed for SSP, allowing people who are sick to start receiving support from the first day of absence. Currently you need be off sick for 3 consecutive days before you can get sick pay.

Paid at an hourly rate

SSP is currently paid at £94.25 a week. SSP should be paid at an hourly rate.      

Pay at a living wage 

SSP should be paid in line with the national minimum and living wage.

Available to everyone

SSP should be paid to all employees and workers, regardless of their earnings or working hours, or contract.

Available all year round

The Department for Work and Pensions should extend the time period for which an employee can receive SSP from 28 weeks to 52 weeks.

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