Why 93 per cent of incapacity claimants are not scroungers

Reading the front page of the Daily Mail today, you could be forgiven for thinking that the government’s new system for assessing who should get incapacity benefits had been a roaring success.

Just one in 14 claimants has been found unfit to work, according to stats from DWP, suggesting the new test has rooted out an incredible number of people who were never entitled to claim IB in the first place.

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  • Bill Kruse on Facebook July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    If the welfare state goes, private insurance will step in. They’ll need advertising, and there’s your motive for the recent behaviour of the press.

  • David Gillon on Facebook July 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I can’t help thinking it would be more useful to our case to simply present the link to the article, rather than copying it wholesale. Beyond the bad taste this leaves in my mouth over copyright violation, it encourages people to visit the FT website and add to the facts in the article with their personal experiences and additional facts and corrections (as I have done), bringing them to the attention of the people who don’t know the truth of our situation, rather than confining them to those who do.

    • Holmey July 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I’ve changed it to an excerpt Dave so that sorts the copyright issue, (I’ve a licence to copy Guardian and some other articles in full), and I agree about directing people to the article so that they can post comments there too.

  • David Wade on Facebook July 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    If you cant work no-one can make you. You wont last

  • Maija Liepins on Facebook July 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    speaking of insurance, people who are so anti public services and tax should take in consideration that the principle of insurance is similar – you all pay in, and those who need it get funded. The difference is that you are less likely to need your insurance and more likely to access some form of public service. does that make sense?

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