The UK’s Statutory Sick Pay system is outdated and isn’t working for disabled people, including those of us with mental health problems.
Providing no pay for the first three days, and then just £94.25 a week, it’s no wonder that people are being plunged into poverty, or falling out of work altogether. We face a situation where for every 100 disabled people who get into work, 120 leave.
Mind found that two in three people with a mental health problem who received Statutory Sick Pay faced financial problems, with some struggling to pay bills or buy food.
One in three disabled workers told Scope that the current system has forced them to keep working or return to work before they felt ready. No-one should pay such a high price for having to take time off sick or feel stuck needing to work when unwell.
The last Government launched a consultation on important changes to Statutory Sick Pay. We need you to urgently respond to the consultation, and take further meaningful action to fix the system.
Everyone should have access to a fair amount of sick pay, from day one, and year round. This means:
We need you to create a modern sick pay system which is flexible and fair. One which allows disabled people, including people with mental health problems, to stay and thrive in work.
Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive, Scope
Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive, Mind
Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive, National Autistic Society
Charles Colquhoun, CEO, Thomas Pocklington Trust
Clare McNeil, IPPR (Signing as an individual)
Chris James, Director of External Affairs, MND Association
Deborah Gold, Chief Executive, National AIDS Trust
Deidre Costigan, National Officer, Disability Equality, UNISON
Emma Thomas, CEO, Young Minds
Helen Gravestock, Associate Director, Policy and Influencing, CLIC Sargent
Jan Golding, Founder and CEO, Roots HR CIC
Jo Miller, Director of Operations, Income Protection Task Force
Jonny Timpson, Cabinet Office Disability and Action Champion for the UK Industry and Profession
Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
Kathryn Scott, Director of Policy, British Psychological Society
Katie Alpin, Acting Chief Executive, Money and Mental Health Policy Institute
Liam O'Toole, CEO, Versus Arthritis
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Mark Rowland, CEO, Mental Health Foundation
Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive, Rethink
Matt Oakley, Director, WPI Economics (signing as an individual)
Nick Moberly, Chief Executive, MS Society
Rachel Holmes, Chief Executive, Matrix Chambers
Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
Professor Wendy Burn, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists