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Revised system of disability pensions

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
With the 4th revision of the law on disability insurance of 2004, a new partial disability pension was introduced, and pension supplements for spouses were abolished. Before 2004, a person with a working incapacity of 66% or more could receive a full pension. From 2004 on, she receives a ? disability pension. / The new system of pensions therefore comprises four types of pensions: / - A disability pension for a working incapacity between 40 and 50% / - A disability pension for a working incapacity between 50 and 60% / - A ? disability pension for a working incapacity between 60 and 70% / - A full pension for working incapacity of at least 70%
Target group
Disabled
Policy Field
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Came into force in 2004 and is still valid
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: none. It was rather expected to achieve cost savings of about 230 CHF ? 189,2 Euros - each year with the reform
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The main objective was cost containment, but it was also about abolishing benefits that were dependent on the marital status of a couple.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
strong
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • benefit level (Reduced pensions for people with moderate disabilities and also for married couples.)
Intended target group
Disabled people
Working age population
  • family situation (married/separated/single) (married)
  • main source of income: social protection (disability benefits)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Cantonal disability offices)
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
Central state as the policy-making actor, and Cantonal disability offices as actors responsible for the implementation.
Intended output
  • benefit duration (Reduced pensions for people with moderate disabilities and also for married couples.)
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