An incredible 34,000 of you signed our letter calling for the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure we can all receive sick pay from the first day we’re off sick, which equals the minimum wage and is available to everyone for up to a year. But months later we are still waiting for these changes to be implemented.
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We should all be able to take time off work when we are unwell.
But at the moment, the sick pay system isn’t working for people with mental health problems. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is the legal minimum employers must pay us when we’re off sick. It is just £95.85 a week, and not available until your fourth day of sickness absence. This risks plunging us into poverty, leaving us with the impossible choice between taking care of our mental health or being able to pay bills or buy food.
We know that a fairer system is possible. Earlier this year, the Government made changes to the law so that anyone worried that they may have coronavirus could access SSP immediately. They recognised that making people wait risked forcing people to work when they were unwell.
More people than ever are experiencing poor mental health as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why we’re calling on the Government to extend its changes so that we can all take time off when unwell, whatever our illness or condition.
We need a system where we can all receive sick pay:
Mind’s campaign to improve SSP for people with mental health problems comes under test four of our five tests for the UK Government to meet so they can make sure mental health is a priority after coronavirus. Find out more about the other tests.
Statutory Sick Pay is the legal minimum employers must pay us when we're off sick.
It is currently £95.85 a week – less than a third of the £322.64 a week you'd be paid from 37 hours at the minimum wage and just a fifth of average weekly earnings of £512. Could you make ends meet?
Allanah shares her experience of Statutory Sick Pay and why she thinks the law needs to be changed.We believe that everyone should have access to a fair amount of sick pay, from day one, and year round.
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Some of the facts and figures we've gathered about the impact of Statutory Sick Pay on people's mental health and journey to recovery.
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