Record number of sick or disabled Newstart recipients as Coalition seeks savings

New data from the social services department shows there were 199,907 Newstart recipients with “partial capacity to work” in December, an increase of 50% – or about 65,000 – over the past five years. The figure represents 26% of the 722,923 on the dole. Over the same period, the number of disability pensioners fell from 832,024 to 750,045, and the rate of successful disability support pension claims also declined markedly – from 69% in 2010-11 and 40.6% in 2013-14 to 29.8% in 2017-18.

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Topics:
Finance, Government, Policy, Legislation

Author:
Luke Henriques-Gomes

Source:
The Guardian

Date published:
Wed 10th Apr, 2019