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The Guardian view on disability, illness and work: there is no ‘sicknote culture’ in Britain | Editorial

The Guardian view on disability, illness and work: there is no ‘sicknote culture’ in Britain | Editorial

Even by the low standards of his government, Rishi Sunak’s speech about the benefits system on Friday was disappointing. Worsening public health across the UK is widely recognised to be among the most serious challenges facing the country. For 2.8 million working-age people to be “economically inactive”, as they are, is not a good or sustainable situation. But there is no such thing as a “sicknote culture”. Statutory sick pay in the UK is low by international standards, and UK workers take fewer sick days than those in France, Germany or the US. The use of this soundbite was deeply misleading. What the UK has is a large number of unwell people. Since the pandemic, the number of those claiming disability benefit has increased by 850,000, half of whom are suffering either from anxiety or depression. Rising poverty – much of it caused by benefit cuts and caps – and waiting lists for healthcare are two reasons for this decline in the population’s wellbeing. But changes to the benefits system have also contributed. Specifically, the removal in …

Rishi Sunak tells sicknote Britain to get a grip and find a job | Politics | News

Rishi Sunak tells sicknote Britain to get a grip and find a job | Politics | News

Rishi Sunak will vow to end the country’s “sicknote culture” once and for all to get Britain working again. The Prime Minister will demand a culture change so that the UK has a “can-do” attitude about getting back to work. He will use a landmark speech today (Friday) to unleash an overhaul of the welfare system to curb the UK’s soaring benefits bill. The crackdown comes as the number of people being signed off work hit a record 11million last year. In a staggering increase, the number of “fit notes” issued has rocketed from 5.3million in 2015-16. The unprecedented rise in inactivity due to long-term sickness means almost a third of working age adults are now inactive. Without urgent reform the UK’s incapacity and disability benefit spending is set to double to £90.9billion before the end of the decade. The Prime Minister is expected to say: “We don’t just need to change the sick note, we need to change the sick note culture so the default becomes what work you can do – not what …