Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending eligibility for statutory sick pay to parents who have to stop work as a result of their children's school being closed.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Statutory Sick Pay is not appropriate for people facing childcare issues rather than health ones. Parents who cannot work because of school closures should explore options with their employer. However, as both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have made clear, the Government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID 19 and we have been clear in our intention that everyone should be supported to do the right thing.

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