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Norway leads benefits in statistics. Norwegians’ sickness and disability benefit payments have reached record levels. Details reveal this has forced the government to increase 2012 budget funding by 10 billion kroner, and almost 30 percent of people are on welfare. “Norway has ended up top of world figures for how many are absent from work due to disability or sickness after Sweden and Holland managed to reverse the trend. There is particular need for concern about the rise in the number of young people who are [classified as] disabled,” University of Bergen Professor Kjell Vaage, specialist in welfare benefits, tells Bergens Tidende. Figures from Statics Norway (SSB) show 1.45 million of Norway’s soon to be 5 million inhabitants are on benefit. 2.15 million are working, and there are 1.4 million schoolchildren.

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Norway leads benefits in statistics

Published on Friday, 7th October, 2011 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norwegians’ sickness and disability benefit payments have reached record levels. Details reveal this has forced the government to increase 2012 budget funding by 10 billion kroner, and almost 30 percent of people are on welfare.

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“Norway has ended up top of world figures for how many are absent from work due to disability or sickness after Sweden and Holland managed to reverse the trend. There is particular need for concern about the rise in the number of young people who are [classified as] disabled,” University of Bergen Professor Kjell Vaage, specialist in welfare benefits, tells Bergens Tidende.

Figures from Statics Norway (SSB) show 1.45 million of Norway’s soon to be 5 million inhabitants are on benefit. 2.15 million are working, and there are 1.4 million schoolchildren.

Working life has become more tougher as salaries and pressures to be more efficient increase, according to Professor Vaage.

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) officials say the last ten years have seen a stable rise in people on disability benefit. Reports suggest women have accounted for almost the entire increase in sickness benefit payments, and a more likely to end up claiming a disability pension as they reach retirement age.

Whilst it is unclear what has caused all these people to claim benefit, sociologists and politicians have previously accused Norwegians on sick leave of whinging and propose employers cut people’s pay as Dutch employers do, in an effort to get them back to work.

Amongst concerns for the rising number of elderly people, Professor Vaage accuses officials of having “abdicated” their responsibilities.

“Nobody dares touch the world’s most generous system in which people are paid just as much to be at work as they are to stay at home and be ill.”



Published on Friday, 7th October, 2011 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaysicknessbenefits, disabilityallowances, pensions.





  
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