Sunday, May 17, 2015
Benefit numbers - 12 year change
Some of the red (previously DPB) transferred to the dark blue (previously Unemployment but now Job Seeker - Work Ready) as sole parents with youngest child 14 or older, or to the green (previously Invalid) if they were 'DPB - caring for the infirm'.
The green is continuing to grow steadily due mainly to increasing number on welfare due to psychiatric conditions. The growth in psychiatric conditions accounts for 85% of the growth in the last ten years.
The light blue used to be sickness benefit but is now Job Seeker with a health condition or disability. Steady.
Of course when population growth is accounted for the percentage that is working-age welfare has reduced from roughly 14 to just under 11 percent.
However dependency may have deepened in as much as at December 2002 a bigger proportion of the total were on the unemployment benefit which tends not to feature long-term dependence in the way that the Invalid benefit or DPB does.
The latest report into the performance of the benefit system repeatedly expresses concern about the green band.
I somewhat pessimistically wonder what it will look like in another 12 years?