The latest DWP statistics have been released and they make grim reading for spongers everywhere.
More than a third of people going through incapacity benefit reassessment have been found to be capable of some form of work, new figures published today show.
Of the 139,200 people reassessed between December 2011 and February 2012, 36% were found fit for work and will get help to move into employment through Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme.
Mark Hoban tells the uncomfortable truth
“The old incapacity benefit system condemned too many people to a life on benefits without any hope of ever going back to work. This was simply wrong. By reassessing everyone for ESA we can help thousands of people move from benefits and back into work if they are capable while giving unconditional support to those who need it.
Here’s the stats;
- 36 per cent of claimants were assessed as Fit for Work and are not entitled to ESA.
- 64 per cent of claimants were entitled to the benefit. Within this –
- 39 per cent of claimants were placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), and
- 25 per cent of claimants were placed in the Support Group
More great news:
It is estimated that a total of 1.5 million people will undergo reassessment by 2014. The process is now over halfway through and is on schedule.
Now, I’m sure I read a moronic post on DM about a year ago that claimed the system was about to collapse. “Nurse, Nurse, wipe the egg off his face!”
There’s an enlightening case study as well.
…and there’s more FACTS the welfare extremists will try and sweep under the carpet:
The latest figures for new claims to ESA published today show that overall 54% of people assessed were found to be able to do some form of work while 46% are eligible for the benefit.
Mark Hoban is on this as well;
“We know that many people with disabilities or health conditions want to work and that the old Incapacity Benefit system simply wrote them off to a lifetime on benefits.
“We are determined to carry on improving the assessment so those who are too unwell to work get the financial support they need, while those who can work get the help they need to get a job.
“With annual independent reviews and by working with medical experts and charities, we have substantially improved the WCA process, which is resulting in a fairer system.”
Successful appeals are also falling which is fantastic news and a credit to the accuracy of Atos assessments:
The figures also show that for June to August 2011, when people appealed a fit for work decision, 69% of decisions were upheld. This has also risen since May 2010, when 63% of decisions were upheld on appeal.
This is fantastic news for the taxpayer as the majority of these appeals are merely an attempt to continue leeching lavish benefits.
Mark Hoban also wants to know why 1 in 3 claimants suddenly recover when an Atos assessment is due. Like thousands of others Mark should read my blog. This “miracle” of recoveries at exactly the same time was highlighted ages ago!
The feckless malingerers are on the run!
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