The final report from the Mental Health and Income Commission shows there is a significant ‘mental health income gap’, and calls for urgent and systemic action to stop this from growing. Recommendations for government and employers include:
- The government should introduce a right to flexible working for all employees during the pandemic, to help people with mental health problems to continue work flexibly and increase income security.
- Statutory Sick Pay should be more generous and current eligibility criteria should be expanded to make it a basic employment right for all workers.
- Large companies should be required by law to report on the pay gap between employees with and without mental health problems, to expose inequalities and discrimination.