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Statutory Sick Pay

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 33851, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to abolish the lower earnings limit for those who are eligible for statutory sick pay.

Answered on

20 July 2021

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is just one part of our welfare safety net and our wider government offer to support people in times of need. Many of those earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £120 per week, who are not eligible for SSP, are already in receipt of benefits. Those who are not already in receipt of benefits may be able to claim Universal Credit and new style Employment and Support Allowance, depending on their personal circumstances, to support them when they are unable to work.

The Government published a consultation in which we sought views on a range of proposals to reform Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). A response will be published shortly.

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