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MORE THAN ONE MILLION ON SICKNESS BENEFITS WITH MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS.

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

10 November 2012

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

New analysis by Legal & General, using Department for Work and Pensions statistics, has shown that over one million people are claiming benefits because of mental and behavioural disorders, an increase of more than 25% from ten years earlier.

Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB) are the government's sickness benefits that are paid to people who cannot work because of ill-health or disability.

In February 2012, 1,031,700 people were claiming ESA or Incapacity Benefit because of mental and behavioural disorders, an increase of over 200,000 since February 2002 when there were 824,110 claimants. Of this number:

-158,370 claimants are aged between 45-49, an increase of over 50% compared to 2002.

-82,790 claimants are aged between 18-24, an increase of nearly 30% since 2002.

-The largest percentage increase (62.65%) was in the +60 age-group.

The analysis has been conducted at a time when the government is reviewing the way it handles absence in the workplace. 'Health at work- an independent review of sickness absence', by Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE, was presented to Parliament in November 2011.

Commenting on the analysis, Diane Buckley, Managing Director of Legal & General Group Protection, said:

"The fact that there are more than one million individuals claiming sickness benefits for mental and behavioural disorders is concerning. These figures show how important it is for employers to provide good quality support for people in the workplace.  Our own internal data has shown that the largest cause of Group Income Protection claims across the financial services sector is for mental health problems. Increasing pressures in the workplace such as changes in regulation and trying to deliver more for less, are all taking their toll."

Notes to editors

About Legal & General's Group Income Protection:-
Group Income Protection aims to provide insurance to pay income protection benefit to employees who cannot work because of long-term illness or injury. When appropriate, we'll provide early intervention and rehabilitation for employees who are absent from work because of long-term illness or injury. Benefit will only be paid if the employee meets our specific definition of long-term illness or injury. 

 

The ESA and Incapacity Benefit figures taken from the Department for Work and Pensions can be found in the table below.

 

ESA/IB claims for mental and behavioural disorders, 000sFebruary 2002February 2012% Change
 Under 183,8402,110-45.05
 18-2463,75082,790+29.87
 25-34171,450184,340+7.52
 35-44216,650257,170+18.70
 45-49104,360158,370+51.75
 50-54113,460144,810+27.63
 55-59106,960131,110+22.58
 60+43,64070,980+62.65
 Unknown age 20N/A
Total (thousands)824,1101,031,700+25.19

For more information please contact:

Alyson Bowcott

Alyson Bowcott
PR Manager, Legal & General Group

t: +44 (0) 20 3124 2092
m: +44 (0) 7764 582574
e: alyson.bowcott@landg.com


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