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730,000 on social benefits

You often hear this message in the political debate: Let us have the 730,000 Danes who are on social benefits activated. But is it as simple as that? DI Business looks more closely at the figure.

Publiceret: 29.11.2017
Af Felix Bekkersgaard Stark mail

As at Q2 2017, 730,000 persons aged 16-64 years were on social benefits. But the large number covers a very wide range of persons and there have been major changes in the composition in recent years.

Amongst others:

Since Q2 2012, the number of persons receiving early retirement benefits has dropped from about 111,000 to 66,000 in Q2 2017. Well-funded by a gradual increase in the retirement age.

The number of early pensioners has dropped by approx. 35,000 persons from 2012 to 2017. In the same period, the number of persons in a resource programme or referred to the flexible job programme has increased by approx. 32,000 persons.

The number of people qualifying for daily benefits has dropped from 138,000 in Q2 2012 to 83,000 in Q2 2017. Especially because the qualifying period has been cut from 4 to 2 years.

Among the 160,000 cash benefit recipients more than 70 percent (113,000) are not fully available for the labour market.

Among the 160,000 cash benefit recipients more than 70 percent (113,000) are not fully available for the labour market.

UNDERDIREKTØR STEEN NIELSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 11/29/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 11/29/2017