Invalidity Benefit is paid to a person who has exhausted his or her entitlement to Sickness Benefit or where having been examined by a doctor, has been diagnosed as being permanently incapable of work. The benefit may be paid as a Pension or a Grant, depending on the number of contributions paid into the National Insurance Scheme.
Invalidity Benefit is paid to an insured person who(se):
To qualify for a Pension, an insured person must have at least 150 paid contribution weeks and be under the age of 60. This is a monthly payment as long as the invalidity last.
To qualify for a Grant, an insured person must have at least 50 (but less than 150) paid contribution weeks and be under the age of 60. Invalidity grant is a lump sum payment and is paid at 5 times the average weekly insurable earnings for every 50 contributions.
If after a year of Sickness benefit, a medical doctor assesses that you are medically unfit for work and is likely to remain incapacitated permanently you are required to complete the Invalidity Benefit claim form. The claim form must be signed by a registered Medical Doctor and then submitted to the National Insurance Board.
A claim for Invalidity benefit must be filed within three months from the date on which the person became eligible to receive the benefit.
The Invalidity Pension is paid at an annual rate of 30% of a person’s average annual insurable earnings during the best four years, (if pension commences in 2007) or the best five years (if pension commences in 2008 and thereafter) of the entire period of the person’s working life.
It is supplemented by 1% of the average annual insurable earnings for each unit of 50 contributions in excess of the first 500 contributions. The maximum amount which can be awarded as an Invalidity Pension is 60% of a person’s average annual insurable earnings
In addition to his or her Age or Invalidity pension, a widow or widower can also receive fifty percent (50%) of the Survivors benefit
An insured person who is entitled to receive an Invalidity Benefit may be disqualified from receiving such benefit if the claimant: