Definition of sickness benefit in English:

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sickness benefit


Entry from British & World English dictionary


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