Definition of sickness benefit in English:

sickness benefit


  • [mass noun] (in the UK) benefit paid weekly by the state to an individual for sickness which interrupts paid employment.

    • ‘What we are seeing is a movement of people, a massaging of statistics, from the unemployment benefit directly on to sickness benefit and invalids benefit.’
    • ‘He claimed in evidence that he was not involved in the incident, but did not know exactly where he was on May 12 when he was on sickness benefit because of a leg injury.’
    • ‘It also factors in regional trends of genuine illness to estimate how many people on sickness benefit are genuinely incapable of keeping a job.’
    • ‘I do agree that the numbers have increased, but I can tell the member that the proportion of people on the sickness benefit and the invalids benefit is less today than it was then.’
    • ‘The unemployment rate has come down because of that growth, as it did in the 1990s, but the number on the sickness benefit and the invalids benefit has gone up by almost 40 percent since this Government came into office.’
    • ‘Over the same period 52,000 people have transferred from the sickness benefit to the unemployment benefit, meaning a net transfer of 21,000 from the sickness benefit to the unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘I do know that when the number of people on the sickness benefit and the invalids benefit continues to grow, we cannot turn round and blame people like me who happen to point it out.’
    • ‘We have put a lot of focus on providing better support for people who are on the sickness benefit or invalids benefit.’
    • ‘Over the last few years there has been a 40 percent increase in the numbers of people on the sickness benefit and the invalids benefit.’
    • ‘I'm only getting sickness benefit, but I've still got a car I can't drive sitting on the driveway that I'm having to tax and insure.’
    • ‘Does the Minister now accept that there has been a significant migration from the unemployment benefit to the sickness benefit?’
    • ‘Half of them have pensions or sickness benefit to collect.’
    • ‘The statement that people are transferring to the sickness benefit and invalids benefit is utterly stupid and wrong.’
    • ‘Disability pensions and employers' sickness benefit schemes, for example, might be regarded as insurance schemes taken out by the employer on the employee's behalf and paid for by the employee whose wages are reduced as a consequence.’
    • ‘If we look at the invalids benefit and the sickness benefit, we see that the December Economic and Fiscal Update from last year shows that those numbers will skyrocket in the next term.’
    • ‘In parts of Wales 25 per cent of working age men are claiming sickness benefit, compared with just five per cent in affluent parts of London.’
    • ‘Had I had to wait 10 months for an appointment with my broken toe, then I would have been claiming sickness benefit for at least one year.’
    • ‘I seek leave to table the second document, which debunks the view that there is a greater movement of people from the sickness benefit to the unemployment benefit than the reverse.’
    • ‘Numbers on the invalids benefit and the sickness benefit are growing.’
    • ‘The Minister in charge of social services and employment was asked how many immigrants are on the sickness benefit, the unemployment benefit, the student allowance, and the subsidised work schemes.’
    social security, benefit, state benefit, benefit payment, public assistance
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