TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Rishi Sunak’s call to end “sick note culture”


For immediate release

Responding to Rishi Sunak’s call to end the “sick note culture” in Britain, Darwin Friend, head of research of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“The prime minister is right to call for an end to the ‘sick note culture’ that has contributed to the poor health of the economy.

“But given the public sector continuously posts far higher levels of sick leave than the private sector, taxpayers will be questioning why ministers can’t even get their own house in order.

“As well as tightening welfare rules, ministers need to deliver some cold hard truths to bureaucrats thinking they can bunk off on the taxpayers’ dime”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Media contact:

Elliot Keck
Head of Campaigns, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. TPA research has previously revealed that public sector sick leave was higher in every year over a 25 year period compared to the private sector. The research also found that almost £350 million of time was lost to sick leave just for Whitehall departments.
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