We should all be able to take time off work when we are unwell. But those of us with mental health problems face a sick pay system that risks plunging us into poverty and pushing us out of work altogether.
Currently, Statutory Sick Pay is just £94.25 a week, leaving us with the impossible choice between taking care of our mental health and being able to pay bills or buy food. No-one should pay such a high price for having to take time off sick for their mental health.
We’re calling for a system where we can all receive sick pay from the first day we’re off sick, which equals the minimum wage and is available up to a year.
Together with Scope, we have written an open letter to the Government calling for a modern sick pay system that’s flexible and fair.
Will you sign too?