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'Crackdown' On Disability Benefits Begins

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Today the government began it's attempts to get 'scroungers' off it's books by speeding up the reassessment of people claiming Incapacity Benefit. While Work and Pensions minister Chris Grayling claims it's '...all about helping those who can return to work' and that there were 'absolutely no targets attached to this programme', many will see this as disingenuous coming from a party that has already publicly stated that 400,000 people are incorrectly claiming the benefit.

 

Starting this week, everyone claiming Incapacity benefit will be reassessed for Employment Support Allowance, for which rules have also been changed. In a nutshell, people will end up in one of 3 groups:

1) They will be declared fit for work and put on Jobseeker's Allowance.

2) They will be declared as able to carry out 'work-related activity' and be expected to start preparing for work.

3) They will be found unable to work, and retain state support.

However (as always) the rules are much more complicated than this. If you or someone you care for may be affected, you can get advice from the following specialist agencies:

Alternatively, local benefits agencies may be able to help.

 

What worries disability activists the most is the crude nature of the 'work capability assessment', which may not pick up when people have difficulties that fluctuate in severity (such as mood disorders).


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