14 November 2023

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

SSP is the basic minimum statutory payment an employee is entitled to, for periods where they are unable to work because of illness. To be eligible for SSP, a person must be off sick for at least four days in a row, and must also be classed as an employee, earning 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”. Read the call for evidence here.

The CIPP want to hear your views and ensure these are presented to the Committee. Therefore, we have released a short survey and welcome suggestions from the payroll and wider community. Respond to the survey, here and be part of shaping future policies. The CIPP survey closes on Friday 1 December 2023 and the policy team will submit the response to the Committee by Friday 8 December 2023.

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