Currently, Statutory Sick Pay is just £95.85 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 for up to a year.
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?
Thank you to everyone who signed our open letter. An incredible 34,000 of you signed to call for a system in which 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. It has now been sent to the Department for Work and Pensions. With the impact of coronavirus, there is growing concern around this issue. We’re lobbying government to make sure they are supporting those of us with mental health problems during this difficult time.Find out more
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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Jenny blogs about why Statutory Sick Pay is too low, the impact it's had on her mental health and why things need to change.
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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