Sick and Disabled Claimants “A waste of human life” says DWP Minister Grayling

More than four in ten of Bradford’s sickness benefit claimants are being told to get a job, it has been revealed.

The impact of controversial new tests on people in the area receiving incapacity benefit has been published for the first time and the figures show hundreds of people have already been judged “fit for work”.

So far, 43 per cent have been told to look for a job in the district, above the national average of 37 per cent.

This means about 7,700 of the city’s 18,000 incapacity benefit claimants are likely to be deemed fit for work by the time all have been tested.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the figures proved the benefits system had been “a waste of human life”, adding: “Too many people have been left languishing on benefits for too long.”

In Bradford, 470 of the 1,210 test results published so far came out as fit for work, while 300 people were told they would be able to work with the right support.

Only 29 per cent were told they could continue to receive the payment without having to look for work.

The Work Capability Assessments, carried out by French company Atos, have been controversial with disability charities calling for them to be suspended.

Critics said the test failed to identify mental health conditions and vilified disabled people as benefit cheats.

It was introduced by Labour in 2008 as an attempt to weed out incapacity benefits claimants who were judged fit to do some form of work. It was originally used on new applicants for Employment Support Allowance, which replaced Incapacity Benefit, but the coalition Government decided to expand it to existing claimants.

Mr Grayling added: “We are providing support to those who need it, but it is right that those who are able to work should do so.”

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Comments
  • Common Sense 2012 April 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This shows how Arrogant and Out of Touch Ivory Tower Politicians are

    We Need Better more Compassionate Policies and a Better Government
    than this Millionaires Clique Now Not Complacency

  • JEFFREY April 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    waste of life ok what about all the army and police that retire at 55 then why not let the disable retire at 55,fair is fair why should the ill wor to pay tax for mandereen to fag off 15 years early its sick,,WETRE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLUX .. JEFF ..

    • w hawkins December 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      the army retire at 55 for a very good reason, conflict and other physical strains put upon soldiers (mental) far exceed those of civilians and means that many are physically and./or mentally wrecked by 55. I feel that we of all people deserve to retire after what we have done for our country, and that your scapegoating detracts from your argument and does not support it, you are mirroring the divide and rule tactics of the conservatives instead of focussing on singularity and what is wrong with the case of the disabled.

  • Raims April 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I like you Jeffrey 🙂

  • BrianK April 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Mr Grayling COULD have worded that Better. And I’m sorry, but I NEVER chose Incapacity Benefit, Rather a broken down system chose it for me. If of course there’s a job going that i can do given Memory & Co-ordination difficulties (diagnosed at Birth) Then my E-Mail is Above…Look forward to hearing from you Mr G…but till then i’ll continue with the volunteering – which YOUR OWN PEOPLE endorsed.

    • w hawkins December 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      volunteering is another form of government slave labour, they dont want to pay you but rely on your good will to fill a post which should be salaried. there should be no need for voluntary work if governments fulfilled their obligations.

  • Bradley August 31, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Hello this a Workfare campaigner who has seen these Work Programme evil brainwashed polices forced throught by the Private Corporates like Pathways to Work,Working Links,Remploy ,G4S,DWP which is the jobcentreplus ,Atos French disability firm all of these need to be held account and sued over discrimanation charges on the terms disability grounds.

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