Record 11,000 lost jobless benefits

25th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2006, BRUSSELS — A record 10,955 jobless workers had their social security benefits temporarily suspended in the first half of this year by the national employment office NEO.

25 August 2006

BRUSSELS — A record 10,955 jobless workers had their social security benefits temporarily suspended in the first half of this year by the national employment office NEO.

That represented a 12 percent increase compared with the same period last year, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported on Friday.

Someone on unemployed benefits is at risk of losing their benefits for a week or up to a year if he or she refuses a job offer or their dismissal is their fault.

And the reluctance to work appears at first glance to be primarily a Flemish problem.

Some 65 percent or 7,186 unemployed Flemish residents unjustifiably refused a job or offer of education in the first half of this year.

In Wallonia, 2,683 jobless workers refused a new start, while 1,086 people in Brussels did the same.

But the NEO said the ratio is balanced with the amount of jobs available in the three regions and does not indicate a statistical misrepresentation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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