In the first three months of this year, 4,200 more people have received disability benefits in Norway than in the same time last year.
Numbers from Nav show. At the end of March 2019, there were a total of 343,400 recipients of disability benefits. This is an increase of 1.2 per cent compared with the first quarter of 2018.
The proportion of disabled people was 10.1 percent of the population aged 18–67. This represents an increase of 0.1 percentage point since the previous quarter and 0.4 percentage point in one year.
The increase must be seen in connection with the fact that last year and so far this year there has been a decrease in the number of people who receive work clarification money (AAP).
“Many of these were entitled to disability benefits. More than 70 percent of the new disabled in the first quarter received former AAP,” says Sigrun Vågeng, Director of Labor and Welfare in Nav.
Compared to one year ago, the 18-19 age group have the same proportion, but for those between 20 and 59 years, the proportion has increased. For those over 60 years, the proportion went down.
This was the highest number of people in the population in the county of Østfold (14.8 percent), Aust-Agder (14.3) and Hedmark (13.7). The lowest was in Oslo (5.7 percent) and Akershus (7.3).
However, the differences decrease significantly when adjusted for different age composition in the counties.
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