Only 9% of those placed in Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) found jobs 12 to 18 months after claiming the allowance.

Three quarters of sickness benefit claimants who are judged “fit for work” are still unemployed up to 18 months later.

David Cameron dropped his plan for regional benefits from a keynote speech on welfare reforms

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By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent 9:48AM GMT 21 Nov 2012

Only 9 per cent of those who were deemed to be capable of working in the future, with support, had obtained jobs 12 to 18 months after claiming the allowance.

The figures emerged as an independent review raised “considerable concern” over the Government’s scheme of back to – work testing for sickness benefit claimants.

Ministers are paying Atos, a private contractor, £112 million a year to conduct “work capability assessments” on people claiming Employment and Support Allowance. Those judged able to work are taken off the benefit and given support to find jobs.

Charities and independent watchdogs have criticised the way the company has worked on the programme.

An investigation by Professor Malcolm Harrington, conducted for the Government, warned that progress on improving the work capability assessments remained “slower than hoped” three years after he first raised concerns.

His report said improvements were being made but the Department for Work and Pensions must “monitor Atos more closely”. He said the company had not done enough “to raise its game” in the past year.

Mark Hoban, the minister for employment, said the Government would accept the recommendations and acknowledged that “more needs to be done”.

“It is in everyone’s interest to make sure the system is as fair and as accurate as possible,” he said.

The Daily Torygraph

Comments
  • Humanity2012 November 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    What Needs to be Said about the Mess of the State of the UK

  • Aletheia November 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    “to raise its game” and “more needs to be done” translated means to increase the number of disabled or sick people who will lose their benefit.

  • Humanity2012 November 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    It is the Con Dem Politicians who are the Benefit Thieves and Scroungers Not
    the Poor and Vulnerable

    Shame upon the Liberal Democrats For Colluding with the Tories and Anyone
    who Votes Conservative or Liberal Democrat in the Forthcoming By Elections
    is Worse than Thick.

    All thisa Diabolical Suffering and Misery would Not be Happening on such a
    Vicious Scale had Not the ” Conservatives ” More like Destructives of come to
    Power in May 2010 with the Collusion of the Liberal Democrats

    I Warned People about what the ” Consertvatives ” More like Destructives
    will do

    Are People going to Spend the Next 2 Years Acting like Political Sleepwalkers

  • Humanity2012 November 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

    The Striving for Social Justice is of Absolute Importance to the Welfare Benefits
    Human Rights Front

    The Welfare Benefits Human Rights Front is About the Duty of Government and
    Society to Provide For the Poor and Vulnerable in the Spirit of Human Compassion

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