By Maxim Institute - 01/06/2010

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Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

A Welfare Working Group was established to look into the welfare system in New Zealand. Welfare reform has been conducted in many countries around the world over the past couple of decades. The experiences of other countries can be of benefit to New Zealand and we look to make out welfare system the best it can be. Maxim Institute presented a research note which examined the UK’s experience of reforming the sickness and invalids benefit, at a recent conference in Wellington.

Read the Research Note here:
Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

In order to distill this instruction, this paper will assess the current situation in New Zealand, examine how the reform in the UK was implemented, and discuss some of the lessons to be learned from the UK’s experience. The paper will begin with an overview both of the Invalid’s and Sickness Benefits in New Zealand and of the changes proposed in the Future Focus Bill.

It will then move into an exploration of the UK reforms, including a brief history of the UK’s Incapacity Benefit, an explanation of the changes brought about by the ESA, and an examination of the major critiques that have been raised against the ESA. The paper will conclude by detailing issues raised by the UK’s experience that New Zealand should consider as it moves forward with its own reform.

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