Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Incapacity benefit: Only one in 14 is too sick to work

Four out of ten of those trying to claim employment and support allowance are fit to work and nearly one in five can do so with the right support, the Department for Work and Pensions says. 

A third drop their claims before they are complete. Under the new rules, applicants are assessed by a doctor, with those judged well enough to work told to apply for jobseeker's allowance.

'For those who can work, it's right that they get the help they need to get into employment,' said work and pensions minister Steve Webb. 

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