Welfare

Sharp increase in those denied long-term sick pay

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  • A record number - some 21,000 people, or 40 percent - were denied an extension to their sickness benefits after six months so far this year, according to new figures.

  • That figure has risen steadily in recent years. In 2015, it was 10 percent.

  • Social Insurance Minister Ardalan Shekarabi is critical to the increase, saying it doesn't even reflect those who are long-term sick with Covid-19.