To: UK Government

#SickPayForAll: Guarantee decent sick pay for every worker

As we move into winter, cases of coronavirus are surging rapidly. But no one should be faced with the fear of being plunged into debt as well.

Demand the government:
1. Scrap the minimum earnings threshold for statutory sick pay
2. Increase the weekly level of sick pay to at least £330 per week
3. Give employers the resources to afford sick pay for their workers

Why is this important?

For those who do qualify, the current payment of £95.85 a week is not enough to pay the bills. 4 in 10 workers would be forced into financial hardship.

At a time of skyrocketing cases, fixing statutory sick pay can prevent the spread of the virus and ensure millions can get paid to quarantine safely at home.

No one who self-isolates should worry about putting food on the table.

No one should feel forced to go to work instead of recovering from the virus.

Everyone has the right to decent sick pay.

Reasons for signing

  • I just had a month off due to ill health, it was entirely unavoidable. Now I am having to live on less than half my wages. My outgoings are around £250 more than what SSP has paid me, which is ridiculous considering I work full time and pay tax and NI every month. MPs get full sick pay, everybody should. Just another exam of one rule for them, another for the rest of us
  • I am very aware that most people do not have an employer like mine that has been able to pay me my full salary while shielding. I hope this can help change that.
  • Change and support families