2,510,000 people are estimated to have been claiming either Employment Support Allowance, or the benefit it is replacing Incapacity Benefit, in July 2014. This is around 70,000 higher than a year earlier and the higest number since Summer 2012.
With Atos assessments finding people with cancer and other serious health conditions ‘fit for work’, there can be no doubt that these claims are genuine. Yet despite hundreds of thousands of people having benefits slashed due to the bungled health tests, it seems that people are still getting sick.
This is hardly suprising. Despite the endless propaganda from the DWP, the UK did not have significantly more people on out of work sickness or disability benefits than comparable economies even before the current callous regime was introduced. …
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