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Statutory Sick Pay


Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is the basic minimum statutory payment an employee is entitled to for periods where they are unable to work because of illness. A person is eligible for SSP from the fourth day they are off sick. To be eligible for SSP a person must be classed as an employee and earn an average of at least £123 per week (the lower earnings limit). 

In 2019, the Government published Health is everyone’s business, a consultation on proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss.

In July 2021 the Government published its consultation outcome which concluded that the consultation posed “important questions on the future of SSP which require further consideration” and it was “not the right time to introduce changes to the sick pay system”.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee is conducting an inquiry looking into the current effectiveness of SSP in supporting claimants and if SSP should be reformed to better enable a recipient’s recovery and return to work.

Read the call for evidence here.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 8 December 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fourth Report - Statutory Sick Pay
Inquiry Statutory Sick Pay
HC 148
Large Print - Statutory Sick Pay
Inquiry Statutory Sick Pay
HC 148

Oral evidence transcripts

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31 January 2024
Inquiry Statutory Sick Pay
Witnesses Rachel Suff (Senior Policy Adviser at Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), Rebecca Deegan (Head of Health and Protection Insurance at Association of British Insurers), Tina McKenzie (UK Policy and Advocacy Chair at Federation of Small Businesses), Mathew Akrigg (Policy and research officer at Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals), Jo Churchill MP (Minister for Employment at Department for Work and Pensions), Lorraine Jackson (Director, Joint Work and Health Directorate at Department of Health and Social Care), and Sean Povey (Deputy Director, Fit Note and Statutory Sick Pay at Department of Health and Social Care)
Oral Evidence
17 January 2024
Inquiry Statutory Sick Pay
Witnesses Dr Gareth Millward (Assistant Professor at University of Southern Denmark), Professor Matt Padley (Co-Director at Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University), Professor Chris Rauh (Professor of Economics and Data Science at University of Cambridge), Nicola Smith (Head of Rights, Social and Economics at Trades Union Congress), Amanda Walters (Director at Centre for Progressive Change), and Thomas Hamilton-Shaw (Policy Manager for Work and Welfare at Scope)
Oral Evidence
Centre for Progressive Change (SSP0035)
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (SSP0034)
Danny Berry (SSP0033)

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