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Claims And Payments

Volume 465: debated on Friday 20 May 1949

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asked the Minister of National Insurance what provision is made in his regulations for persons living alone and falling ill to obtain their benefit even though they cannot apply for it within four days.

Under the National Insurance (Claims and Payments) Regulations a person who fails to give written notice within three days from the first day of incapacity will not thereby lose benefit if he can show good cause for the delay. What constitutes good cause is determined on the facts of each case by the independent statutory authorities. Special arrangements can be made for sickness benefit to be paid to an insured person in his own home if he is unable to cash an order himself or to get someone else to do it for him.