Incapacity Benefit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding allocated to incapacity benefit as a proportion of (a) GDP and (b) the GDP average of OECD member states, excluding the UK.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

According to latest OECD data, the UK spent 1.85% of its GDP to support disabled people and those with health conditions. The OECD average is 1.93%.

UK

OECD Average (including UK)

Total (share of GDP)

1.85%

1.93%

Source: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG, OECD 2015 data (latest data point).

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