More than two-thirds of applicants for the new sickness-related
benefit are failing in their claims, it
was reported in October 2009, suggesting that many of the 2.6
million existing incapacity benefit claimants will be forced on
to a lower level of benefit when they are assessed over the next
two to three years.
2.6 million! Do we really think that 2.6m adults of working age
are unfit for any form of work?
36% of claimants for the new employment and support allowance (ESA)
have been judged capable of work, and a further third of the initial
claimants dropped out before completing the claim.
So what does this mean for benefit fraud? Incapacity benefit has
been running at £5.6bn a year. The latest fraud totals for
incapacity benefit rose from £10m to £70m. But that's
still a ludicrous 1% of the total.
for the first 141,100 incapacity benefits claimants to start the
reassessment process show 37% of those whose claims have been
concluded have been found fit for work.