Change in Dutch Disability Pensions
The Dutch parliament gave its backing to a landmark reform of the country's massively over-subscribed workers incapacity benefit system known as the WAO.
The new Werk en Inkomen naar Arbeidsvermogen (WIA), or work and income according to labour capacity, is meant to replace the WAO on 1 January 2006. The Senate (Eerste Kamer) must still vote on the WIA.
Labour (PvdA), the green-left Groenlinks, the Socialist Party (SP) and Christian party ChristenUnie voted against the WIA in parliament on Friday morning. The government parties and the populist LPF voted in favour.
The central change under the WIA is that only people who are totally incapable of working due to a work-related injury or illness will receive a full benefit.