VII. Disability - France's social security scheme for self-employed workers
Craftspeople and shopkeepers can be awarded a disability pension following an illness or accident.
A. Eligibility requirements (applicable both to craftspeople and shopkeepers)
To be eligible, an applicant must:
RSI's disability insurance offers two types of benefits:
B. Pension for partial inability to work
A member can be awarded a pension for partial inability to work if his/her physical condition shows a loss of ability to work or to earn a living of more than 2/3 when compared to the physical condition required for his/her profession.
The annual pension amounts either to 30% of the member's average annual income, or the average income on which contributions were paid while a member of RSI (average revenue over the member's 10 best years of employment while an RSI member, or of the member's total income when there are fewer than 10 calendar years of contributions).
C. Pension for total and permanent disability
A pension for total and permanent disability can be awarded until the member reaches statutory retirement age if the member is medically recognized as having a total and permanent disability, and if the disability limits access to employment in a significant and ongoing manner.
The annual pension amounts to 50% of the member's average annual income, or the average income on which contributions were paid during the member's employment under the RSI scheme.
D. Entitlement amounts
These benefits are awarded up until the member reaches statutory retirement age.
Pension amounts may vary based on the results of one or more medical exams:
E. Pension top-ups
If you need assistance from a caregiver
If you are receiving a pension for a total and permanent disability and need ongoing help from a caregiver to perform the ordinary activities of daily living (getting up, going to bed, getting dressed, moving, eating), you may be eligible for a pension top-up of 1,107.49 € per month. This entitlement is suspended during any periods of hospitalization.
If you are on a low income
Members with an annual income of under 8,424.05 € (for a single person) or 14,755.32 € (for a couple) can receive an additional disability allowance ("allocation supplémentaire d'invalidité") if they have an overall disability that reduces their ability to work or earn a living by at least 2/3. As from April 1st, 2014, this allowance is awarded at a rate of 4,845.17 € per year for a single person.
Through RSI's health and social programs, certain types of aid can be paid to people who meet the requirements and are encountering difficulties due to a disability.
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