Half claim­ing dis­abil­ity are able to work

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MORE than half of peo­ple be­ing newly as­sessed for an al­lowance which re­placed In­ca­pac­ity Ben­e­fit were found to be able to do some form of work, ac­cord­ing to Gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

The Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions said new claims for the Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance (ESA) showed that 54% of peo­ple as­sessed could do some work, while 46% were el­i­gi­ble for the ben­e­fit.

The fig­ures, for the quar­ter to Fe­bru­ary, also showed that one-in-four of those as­sessed were put in a group given un­con­di­tional sup­port as they were too ill or dis­abled to work.

Those found fit for work will be helped through ini­tia­tives like the Work Pro­gramme to find a job.

Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Mark Hoban said: “We know that many peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties or health con­di­tions want to work and 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 help to get a job.”

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