Statutory Sick Pay

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a flexible model for Statutory Sick Pay to better support those with a mental health condition to return to work on a voluntary phased basis and to receive (a) wages and (b) statutory sick pay on a pro-rata basis.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We want to reform the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) system so that it supports more flexible working, which can help people remain or return to work if they are unwell. This includes those with a mental health condition. Consultation responses broadly supported reforming SSP to support fully flexible phased returns to work – as did the Matthew Taylor and Stevenson/Farmer reviews.

We are taking forward further policy development on better enabling phased return and how a phased return could be paid, and will bring forward a consultation on these changes before introducing this reform.

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