The Bishop of London received the following written answers on 21st December 2022:
The Lord Bishop of London asked His Majesty’s Government how the number of people earning less than the lower earnings threshold for statutory sick pay has changed over the last five years.
Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con): Information on the number of people earning less than the Lower Earnings Limit (LEL), over the last five years, is not readily available and would incur a disproportionate cost. This would require significant analysis to ensure the underlying data would be robust.
As set out in the 2019 consultation, “Health is Everyone’s Business”, it was estimated that there were around 2 million employees who earned below the LEL and were therefore ineligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
The Lord Bishop of London asked His Majesty’s Government what assessments they have carried out of proposed reforms to Statutory Sick Pay in the last 10 years.
Baroness Stedman-Scott: Statutory Sick Pay provides a minimum level of income for employees who are unable to work and is both administered and paid for entirely by employers.
The Government continues to keep the system under review.
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