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Call for Evidence

Statutory Sick Pay

This submission form is not currently public. Please only use this form if invited to do so by the committee, otherwise your submission might not be considered.

The Committee welcomes submissions on the following questions: 

  • Is the current level of Statutory Sick Pay at £109.40 per week sufficient? 
  • Many European countries have a higher rate of Statutory Sick Paybut a shorter duration of support when compared to the UK. Would this be a preferable alternative?
  • Statutory Sick Pay is currently paid from the fourth qualifying day of sickness absence. Should this three-day wait period be changed or removed?
  • How effective is the role of the employer in administering Statutory Sick Pay? How could it be improved, including in terms of how employees are supported?
  • Is Statutory Sick Pay well implemented and enforced at the moment? How can this be improved?
  • How could a phased return to work and Statutory Sick Pay work better together? 
  • Should Statutory Sick Pay be extended to include those earning below the lower earnings limit? If so, what would be a fair balance between support for employees and avoiding the risk of creating a disincentive to return to work?
  • What would be the best way for the Government to support SMEs who may lack resources to invest in best practice measures to help staff return to work? 
  • Should Statutory Sick Pay be available to people who are self-employed? How might this work?
  • Are there any examples of international best practice in relation to Statutory Sick Pay that the UK can learn from?

The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 December 2023.