Office for Budget Responsibility report: Welfare trends

The Office for Budget Responsibility have published their welfare trends report for 2019 (pdf), in January 2019.

This report focuses on disability benefits – payments that contribute to the extra costs associated with daily living and mobility for people with disabling conditions.

  • Among disabled children, social/behavioural and learning impairments are the most common conditions reported and have been on an upward trend over the past five years (rising from 33 to 41 per cent and 31 to 37 per cent of disabled children respectively)
  • Among disabled working-age adults, mobility impairments are the most common condition reported, but have been on a declining trend over the past five years
  • The implied proportion of disabled children and working-age adults who receive disability benefits has fallen slightly between 2003-04 and 2016-17
  • The prevalence of pensioner disability benefits receipt changes more over time than pensioner disability prevalence.