benefit fraud  

benefit fraud in the UK

     
  incapacity benefit fraud
   

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.

Figures 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.