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Cover Magazine - Lack of action over sick pay makes demonstrating the value of insurance more important than ever

By Simon Hodgson 2 September 2021.

While the Covid pandemic may have given the government a reason to delay Statutory Sick Pay reformation, it can't be delayed forever and the insurance sector may hold the key to real innovation, writes Simon Hodgson.

After months of waiting, the publication of the government's response to the Health is everyone's business consultation ended up making the headlines for what wasn't in it.

Despite rumblings that the government would set out plans for reforming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), the document instead sets out ministers' view that now is "not the right time" to make changes after all.

I sympathise with policymakers stuck between a rock and a hard place, though. While not bringing forward reform can be portrayed as heartless, hastily reforming a vital part of the safety net during an unprecedented economic crisis is no more realistic.

When the original consultation was published in 2019, we were living in what looks to us now like an entirely different world. Theresa May was still Prime Minister and Brexit dominated the headlines. In the interim, the Coronavirus pandemic has clearly changed the way people think about work, health and society.

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