UK care workers use up leave to avoid losing pay while sick with Covid

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Failure to pay some staff’s wages in full while off sick raises fears they will keep working rather than self-isolate

Some UK care workers are having to take holiday when they are off sick with Covid or see already low wages fall to £96 per week, raising fears they may not self-isolate.

Staff on the minimum wage claim to have been offered only statutory sick pay when ill with Covid or self-isolating. This contravenes government policy that they should be paid in full to limit infection spread.

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