Benefit testing aimed at saving money say TUC
- Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 14:14
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Commenting on figures released today (Tuesday 26th July) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which reveal that only one in fourteen people assessed for the new incapacity benefit will be entitled to claim the payout in the long-term, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said
'The new incapacity benefit assessment is a much tougher test than previously and is designed to save the government money by excluding more people.
'It is therefore unsurprising that more disabled people have been declared fit for work. These figures certainly don't suggest that thousands of disabled people are suddenly 'trying it on'.
'The TUC has heard from disabled people all around the UK who feel the tests have been unfair and ineffective, and it is interesting to see that 39 per cent of appeals against initial judgements are successful.
'The government needs to do much more to help disabled people back into jobs, rather than cracking down on the benefits they get when they are unable to work. Access to Work statistics - also released today - show that, in 2010/11 the number of disabled people helped by this scheme fell by just over 1,400 on the previous year.'