Welfare to Work, Work Capability Assessment

– Majority of People found fit for work

Official statistics on Employment Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessment have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions.

From October 2008 to May 2010, 39% of new ESA claimants were deemed to be fit to work; a further 39% closed their claim before undergoing the Assessment, or their cases remain under review.

Yesterday, the Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:

“It’s unacceptable that so many people have been written off to a lifetime on benefits and these figures show just how vital it is that everyone who has the potential to work receives the right help and support.

“Our new Work Programme will ensure that those found fit for work will get the help and support they need to get a job.

“We are determined to get the medical assessment right and provide the necessary help for those that need it, however these figures show just how many people are found to be fit for work and not entitled to ESA.”

Of the 273, 900 people deemed fit for work between October 2008 and November 2009, 90, 300 appealed against the decision which was overturned in 40% of the cases.

However, Mr Grayling asserted that the government will help the 6% people who cannot for the foreseeable future:

“Those found too sick or disabled to work won’t be expected to and will continue to receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives.”

Website:  DWP



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Kuki Taylor

Research Communications

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