The Social Security Board provides relief from loss of income for insured persons and their dependents when certain challenges such as sickness, invalidity or death arise.
Short Term Benefits Include:
Sickness Benefit– this type of benefit is payable to insured persons who cannot work because of illness.
Employment Injury Benefit– this benefit is payable to an employee who is incapable of work due to an injury or disease acquired or related to the circumstances of employment.
Maternity Benefit– this benefit is payable to an insured woman who is pregnant or has given birth.
Funeral Grant– this benefit is payable upon the death of an insured person or spouse or dependent children of an insured person.
Long Term Benefits Include:
Invalidity Benefit– this benefit is payable to insured persons who have been medically declared invalid and is under the age of 62.
Age Benefit– this is payable to an insured person who has attained the age of 62 and has been credited at least 500 contributions. He or she becomes entitled to a monthly age pension for the duration of his or her life.
Assistance Benefit– this type of benefit is payable to a widow, widower, child or dependant parent of a deceased insured person
Survivors’ Benefit– this type of benefit is payable to persons who are over 62 years of age and who have not qualified for the regular Age Pension from Social Security.