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Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 166574, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will review the definition of Statutory Sick Pay to fully recognise long-term and fluctuating conditions.

Answered on

15 March 2021

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is payable for up to 28 weeks per sickness absence. Sickness absences which are less than 8 weeks apart count as the same period of sickness. In a new period of sickness, employees are eligible for 28 weeks of SSP. In this way, those with long-term or fluctuating conditions are supported through SSP.

SSP provides a minimum level of income for employees when they are sick or incapable of work. Employers are legally required to pay SSP to eligible employees who are off work sick or incapable of work, where employees meet the qualifying conditions. Some employers may also decide to pay more, and for longer, through Occupational Sick Pay.