The September quarter benefit fact sheets have just been released. All benefit categories show reduced numbers except for the sickness benefit.
The percentage of people who receive a sickness or invalid benefit because of a psychiatric or psychological condition has gradually increased over time.
There are now just under 2 percent of the working age population (18-64 years) on one of these benefits for psychiatric or psychological problems - 0.91 percent on SB and 0.92 percent on IB.
Around one in fifty. Or maybe someone in every 16th household.
That's very high.
The percentage relying on one of these benefits for any reason is over 5 percent or one in twenty of the working age population.
That's very high too.
The good news is the overall benefit dependency rate has fallen to just under 12 percent of the working age population. Around one in nine.
May 23 in history
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