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Social Security Contributory Short Term Benefits. Dipartiment tas-Sigurta’ Socjali. Short Term Benefits. Sickness Benefit Injury Benefit Disablement Gratuity Unemployment Benefit Special Unemployment Benefit. To claim sickness benefit. Medical Report by a doctor. Original to Social

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Social SecurityContributory Short Term Benefits

Dipartiment tas-Sigurta’ Socjali

Short Term Benefits

  • Sickness Benefit

  • Injury Benefit

  • Disablement Gratuity

  • Unemployment Benefit

  • Special Unemployment Benefit

To claim sickness benefit

Medical Report by a doctor

Original to Social

Security within

10 days of examination

Copy to employer

Long term incapacity

If the incapacity for work is longer than six (6) days, the medical certificate has to be renewed once a week until that person is fit to resume his/her work

Assessment of claim

Contributory Conditions

  • Under 65 years of age

  • 50 contributions since day of entry into the Social Security Scheme

  • At least 20 paid or credited contributions

    in the two preceding calendar years

Duration of sickness benefit payment

  • The first three days of each new claim for this benefit are not paid

  • A person is entitled to one day Sickness Benefit for each contribution paid up to a maximum of 156 in a period of one calendar year

Further payment of Sickness Benefit

A person may require long term medical treatment before returning to work. On approval by DSS and on recommendation of a medical panel, he/she will be entitled to further 468 days in a period of two calendar years

The Right to Contribution Credits

Any person submitting medical certificates and receiving Sickness benefit, or any person who although submitting medical certificates is not receiving Sickness Benefit may qualify for contribution credits.

Criteria for Contribution Credits

  • Any employed person over 18 years of age who due to sickness has not earned his/her salary/wage for a whole calendar week is entitled to one contribution credit, provided, on the date of claim for sickness benefit:-

  • he/she has paid not less than 50 contributions since starting work and

  • he/she paid or has at least 20 contributions or credits for the last two calendar years prior to the year during which the claim is submitted

Sickness Benefit Rates

  • Single Person or a married person maintaining a spouse who is not employed on a full time basis is entitled to Lm6.53 per day (5 or 6 day week)

  • Any other person Lm4.23

Claiming Invalidity Pension

An invalidity pension may be claimed if a person is totally incapacitated for work.

An application form has to be submitted to DSS with the relevant medical conditions listed by a medical practitioner.

Invalidity Pension

Contribution Test

  • First Test:- 250 paid social security contributions

  • Second Test:- minimum yearly average of 20 Contributions per annum (max 50)

Medical Examination

Claimants are seen by a medical panel formed of three medical practitioners who decide on the merit of each case.


  • Rates of Invalidity may vary from a minimum rate of Lm30.15 per week up to a maximum of Lm46.56 per week.

  • Social security contributions are credited up to retiring age.

Injury at Work & Industrial Diseases

Claim by injured Person

NI 30

Medical Panel Findings

Rates per Diem

  • Single Person or a married person maintaining a spouse who is not employed on a full time basis is entitled to Lm9.8 per day (5 or 6 day week)

  • Any other person Lm7.38

Medical Panel Review

  • Disablement gratuity if disablement is calculated of up to 19%,

  • A disablement pension if the incapacity is calculated as from 20% up to 89%,

  • An invalidity (disability) pension (totally incapacity for work) is paid if the incapacity is 90% and over.





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