Scope comments on Health is Everyone's Business consultation response from Government
23 July 2021
Scope has commented after the Government published its response to the Health is Everyone's Business consultation.
James Taylor, executive director of strategy at disability equality charity Scope, said:
“It’s astonishing that the Government has said a pandemic is ‘not the right time’ to fix our outdated sick pay system.
“The Government has missed a golden opportunity to level up the country by protecting those who are lowest paid from being forced to work while unwell.
“The Government’s own consultation clearly shows there is widespread support for many of the proposals put forward 18 months ago.
“There are a million disabled people in the UK who can and want to work but are denied the opportunity. The lack of flexibility and limits on how long you can claim sick pay are a major factor in stopping disabled people being able to stay in and progress in work.
“We’re on the brink of a huge recession. We know disabled people have already borne the brunt of the pandemic, with their lives and livelihoods. Thousands have fallen out of work, with many forced to choose between protecting their health or their income.
“Without action, our outdated sick pay system will put the brakes on the UK’s economic recovery and any efforts to level up the country.
“Now more than ever, this country needs a modern, fair and flexible sick pay system which supports disabled people to stay and thrive in work.
“The Government must get a grip on this issue urgently, and ensure disabled people are at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery plans.”
23 July 2021