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Statutory Sick Pay

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL4977, tabled on 14 December 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the rate of statutory sick pay to equate to either the (1) national minimum, or (2) living, wage.

Answered on

20 December 2021

The Government currently has no plans to increase the rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). SSP provides a minimum level of income for employees when they are sick or incapable of work.

SSP is just one part of our welfare safety net and our wider Government offer to support people in times of need. Where an individual’s income is reduced while off work sick and they require further financial support, they may be able to claim Universal Credit and new style Employment and Support Allowance, depending on their personal circumstances.

As part of the Government’s response to coronavirus, we have extended SSP to those who are sick or self-isolating due to coronavirus; for example, where they or a member of their household has tested positive. SSP is also payable from the first day of absence, rather than the fourth, where an employee is sick or self-isolating due to coronavirus. Some employers may also decide to pay more, and for longer, through Occupational Sick Pay.