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New report shines a light on access to sick pay amongst different working groups

A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research and University College London published earlier this year has shown substantial differences amongst age groups, ethnicities and lower income earners in access to sick pay.

Key findings include that employees over 65 are substantially more likely to struggle to access sick pay as opposed to workers aged 25-44, as are South Asian workers when compared to white British workers.

Additionally, the report suggested that the statutory sick pay (SSP) system should be reformed, and it made recommendations such as the lower earnings limit threshold being abolished, SSP being payable from the first day of illness and the SSP rate being upgraded to up to £2,500 per month.