Reforms to help the sick

National Insurance Act (Part 1) 1911

The successes of this were:

  • this provided compulsory health insurance for workers earning under £160 per year
  • if ill, an employee was paid 10 shillings (for up to 13 weeks) then 5 shillings for an additional 13 weeks
  • the employee, the employer and the state contributed money to the scheme

The limitations of this were:

  • after 25 weeks absence from work, benefits were stopped
  • no provision was made for the worker's family
  • many objected to the compulsory payments they had to make