Social assistance to more than 130 000 persons
For the first time since 2004, more than 130 000 persons received social assistance during 2016. Payments exceeded NOK 6 billion.
On average, recipients received social assistance for 5.1 months during the year, according to the statistics Social assistance. This means that the monthly average number of recipients was 55 472 persons. Almost 27 000 recipients received payments for only one month, while more than 13 000 got payments all 12 months. In general, younger recipients experience shorter periods of payment.
Figure 1 Number of social assistance recipients. By number of months receiving assistance. 2016
Less recipients support themselves with their own wages
Social assistance was the main source of income for about four out of ten recipients, while a little more than one out of four depended on pensions. Less than five percent of recipients were full-time workers, while a somewhat higher number had part-time wage as their main source of income.