2012 Volume 6 Issue 1 Pages 1-6
Statutory Sick Pay, Jobseeker’s Allowance, and Employment and Support Allowance are employment-related benefits in the United Kingdom (UK). They correspond to the Injury and Disease Allowance and Unemployment Insurance in Japan. The Government of the UK has reformed the welfare system to make it fairer and to ensure that there are always work incentives, under the slogan, “Welfare to Work”, and in order to resolve poverty and dependency on welfare, the government started a new benefit, “Universal Credit”, from April 2013, in which some non-contributory benefits were unified. The government has also reformed labor policies to provide work incentives for those who continue to work, for example by abolishing the Flexible New Deal program and integrating all the “Welfare to Work” policies into the “Work Programme”.