More than a third of incapacity benefit claimants being reassessed for the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) have been deemed fit to work. Of the first 141,100 claimants reviewed since last April, 37% would no longer be paid the benefit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said.

Meanwhile 29% will continue being paid the ESA and will not be expected to work. And 34% will receive the new benefit but go on a back-to-work programme. The controversial reviews started across the UK last April and will eventually cover 1.5 million incapacity benefit claimants by early 2014.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the official figures justified the government’s decision in 2010 to press ahead with the wholesale review of incapacity benefit claimants. These involve the claimants going through the work capability assessments (WCA) that are applied to new applicants.

Source: BBC NEWS
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17379564

15th March 2012

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