47% of incapacity benefit claimants in Caerphilly “fit to work”
Almost half of people in Caerphilly County Borough who have had their incapacity benefits reassessed are fit to work, according to new Government figures.
Of the 720 cases reassessed between October 2010 and July 2011, 338 were not entitled to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
The figures, from the Department of Work and Pensions, places Caerphilly 13th in a list of UK local authorities to have the highest percentage of claimants found to be fit to work
Across Wales, a total of 10,440 cases were reassessed
Four out of 10 people in Wales who have had their incapacity benefits reassessed have been judged “fit to work,” according to figures released today.
Nearly half of those reassessed in Caerphilly (47%) have been told they are fit enough to rejoin the workforce. But in Powys less than a quarter (24%) were considered ready to go into jobs.
A total of 10,440 Welsh cases were reassessed and 40% were found to be able to work.
Conservative employment minister Chris Grayling said: “These figures show how much of a waste of human life the current system has been. Too many people have been left languishing on benefits for too long.
“We are providing support to those who need it, but it is right that those who are able to work should do so. It’s much better to help people on the journey back to work than to leave them on benefits for the rest of their lives.”
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