Invalidity benefit checks raise €375m

New health checks on 345,000 people claiming invalidity benefit resulting in savings totalling €375m, social affairs minister Piet Hein Donner said on Wednesday, news agency ANP reports.

The total is less than expected when the tougher health requirements for the under-45s claiming the benefit (wao) were introduced.
The checks led to savings on benefits of over €1.1bn. But at the same time, claims for welfare benefits have gone up by €550m, ANP reported. The cost of the check-ups reached €190m, Donner said.
In May the minister said up to 65% of people who had gone through the system had found jobs.

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