Here's a tidy illustration of a phenomenon I occasionally blog about; the growing incidence of benefit dependence due to psychiatric or psychological conditions.
The blue line is the old sickness benefit; the green line, the invalid benefit.
The total number at June 2015 was 53,611.
At March 1999 the total was 24,194.
A 121% increase compared to a total population increase of around 21%.
More sickness? More diagnosis? Whatever the driver, it's actually a problem for the Ministry of Health to address yet its MSD that bears the budgetary implications.
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