Statutory Sick Pay Eligibility: Stoke-on-Trent North

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at on 5 February 2024.

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Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent North

What recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the number of people who are not eligible for statutory sick pay because they are paid less than the lower earnings limit on levels of inequality in Stoke-on-Trent North constituency.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department has not made a specific assessment for the Stoke-on-Trent North constituency, but I refer my hon. Friend to the evidence I presented to the Work and Pensions Committee last week. I look forward to meeting him this week to discuss this in more detail.

Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent North

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her answer. I am proud to have joined a campaign, together with my right hon. Friend Priti Patel and David Linden, to reform statutory sick pay. That campaign, led by the Centre for Progressive Change, was referenced in today’s Times Health Commission report. Ahead of the spring Budget, will the Department join us in lobbying the Treasury to make these important changes, so that we have a healthier workforce that contributes more to our economy and, more importantly, so that we make sure that work pays fairly?

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave to the Work and Pensions Committee. Statutory sick pay is considerably more complex than he makes out, but it is nice to see all this cross-party collaboration.