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22 Apr 2013

Danes Rethink a Welfare State Ample to a Fault

Problems with the increasing burden of the Danish welfare state, reported by the New York Times.

Interesting parallels with areas of concern in the UK. Thus
Officials have also begun to question the large number of people who are receiving lifetime disability checks. About 240,000 people — roughly 9 percent of the potential work force — have lifetime disability status; about 33,500 of them are under 40. The government has proposed ending that status for those under 40, unless they have a mental or physical condition that is so severe that it keeps them from working.

Instead of offering disability, the government intends to assign individuals to “rehabilitation teams” to come up with one- to five-year plans that could include counseling, social-skills training and education as well as a state-subsidized job, at least in the beginning. The idea is to have them working at least part time, or studying.
And "the unemployed used to be able to collect benefits for up to four years. Now it is two."

So even generous Scandinavia is wrestling with the size of the welfare bill.

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