EU Member States spent 7.3% of GDP on social protection expenditure on disability benefits in 2014, 3.2% in Cyprus

The EU Member States spent over Euros 280 billion of social protection expenditure on disability benefits in 2014, according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. According to Eurostat this represented 7.3% of the total spent on social benefits, a rate almost equivalent to that spent on survivors benefits (5.7%) and family benefits (8.6%). Since 2010, the share of social protection expenditure on disability benefits in the European Union (EU) has remained stable, notes Eurostat.

The share of total social benefits spent on disability benefits varied significantly between EU Member States. It accounted for more than 10% of total social benefits in Denmark (12.9%), Croatia (12.2%), Sweden (12.0%), Estonia (11.8%), Luxembourg (11.4%) and Finland (10.9%), but for less than 4% in Cyprus (3.2%) and Malta (3.7%), followed by Italy (5.9%), Ireland and the United Kingdom (both 6.0%).

Source: Cyprus News Agency