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Better sick benefit scheme for self-employed

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The sickness benefit scheme for self-employed people will be strengthened in the revised budget for 2019.

Self-employed people who become ill today cannot claim more than 75 per cent of the sickness benefit basic rate in the first year. Salaried recipients are compensated with 100 per cent sick pay.

From October 1 this year it will be raised to 80 percent, says parliamentary leader Terje Breivik in the Liberal Party.

He says Venstre has been working steadily to increase the sickness benefit for self-employed people.

In 2017, they received only 65 per cent of their salary paid during illness. We do not want people to opt out of starting their own business because of poor welfare schemes. On the contrary, we need incentives that make more people take the step, says Breivik.

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