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sickness benefit

the TRANSFER PAYMENTS in cash or kind made to persons who are unable to work because of illness to provide them with some minimum standard of living until they can return to paid employment. In most countries, workers in employment pay NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS to the government in return for sickness benefit rights. See also GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE, SOCIAL-SECURITY BENEFITS.
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The Welfare Ministry has proposed these amendments because sickness benefits have been growing in the past years.
For employed members, sickness benefits are granted as long as the member's company sick leaves in a given year have been fully consumed.
This extension also applied to more people on sickness benefits.
That''s why our reforms to sickness benefits are so important.
A NATIONAL charity based in Rugby has hit out at plans to strip sickness benefits from people suffering from alcohol and drug misuse.
WHEN it comes to moving people off sickness benefits, nobody would argue against the notion that those who are fit to work should work.
A private firm hired to slash sickness benefits has seen the number of cases kicked out by the Goverment triple in a year.
Following this she first made a claim for sickness benefits in October 2005.
I suspect there will be an awful lot of sickness benefits getting paid out due to incapacity if this legislation goes through, so it will defeat the object of saving money.
We now know very clearly that the vast majority of new claimants for sickness benefits are in fact able to return to work.
By VINCENT MOSS HALF a million people on sickness benefits will be declared "fit for work" under a Government crackdown starting tomorrow.
She describes the legal mechanics pertinent to the working of the social security system institutions; contribution to and financing of social security; the National Health Service and health issues including sickness benefits for common diseases and compulsory tuberculosis insurance; family allowances; social insurance for invalidity; industrial accidents and occupational diseases; unemployment; pensions; the social assistance system; and protection of pension rights and contribution credits.