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Nov 16

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Debbie Clarke

Review to be made on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

It has been announced by the Government, new plans to help people with long term conditions avail of the benefits of work and improve their health. Statutory Sick Pay will be reviewed as part of these new plans. The aim is that phased returns to work and supportive conversations will be encouraged.

The plans proposed are as follows:

  • a review of Statutory Sick Pay and fit for work notes from GPs to help employees return to work quicker and for longer
  • to encourage employers to engage with their employees that have long term health conditions to prevent the employees not returning to work
  • a debate about recognising the value of work as a positive health outcome
  • to encourage Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapy
  • the launch of a consultation on Work Capability reform, the scheme that assesses claimants of disability benefits. 

The current government believes the system is not working that they inherited in 2010. They believe improvements have been made in the areas of supporting and encouraging employees that can work and for those that cannot, guaranteeing a safety net. Further work in the areas of extending fit notes from doctors to other healthcare professionals to help ensure employees receive more support and help making sure the system works for everyone and no one is disadvantaged.

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