Fewer social assistance recipients
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Social assistance2006



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Fewer social assistance recipients

122 400 persons received a total of NOK 4.6 billion in social assistance in 2006. This is a slight decrease in both number of recipients and amount from 2005.

2.6 per cent of the Norwegian population received social assistance in 2006. Compared with 2005, the number of recipients fell 5 per cent, and the total payment (in fixed prices) decreased with 7 per cent.

New and old recipients 1997 - 2006

Number of social assistance recipients 1987-2006

Although the number of social assistance recipients fell, the distribution across the age groups receiving social assistance was unchanged from 2005. The largest age group of recipients was still aged 30-39 years - this group accounts for every fourth recipient. At the same time - the largest group of recipients as a proportion of the population was the 20-24 age group. 7 per cent in this age group received economic social assistance in 2006.

In average the recipients received benefits for 5.3 months in 2006 - the same average as in 2005. The social assistance recipients in 2006 received NOK 4.6 billion in total, or almost NOK 7 100 on average per person per month. The average payment per person per year was NOK 37 600.

Social services staff

At the end of 2006 there were 5 564 jobs in the social services. This figure includes positions related to the traditional social services tasks such as counseling, consultations, preventive work and work related to substance abusers.

There are large differences between the counties, but the average ratio of employees per 1 000 adults (aged 18 and above) is 1.6 full-time equivalents in 2006.