From 2015, people on lengthy sick leave will no longer receive a supplementary handout from the national institute of ill health-disability insurance (institut national d’assurance maladie-invalidité (Inami) as well as their unemployment benefit. This means they could lose up to 269 euros a month, the Het Nieusblad and De Standaard reported on Wednesday. Today, people who fall ill can receive unemployment benefit for the first six months. During a long serious illness, the person receives a supplement from the Inami from the 7th to the 12th month. This will disappear from next year. It should save the federal government 15 million euros in 2015 and 30 million from 2016.
According to estimated figures from the opposition Socialist Party, 12,000 people will be affected by this new rule.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)