DWP release ‘sick’ figures.

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


Fit for work!

Just 6 claimants out of one million who tried to obtain sickness benefit in Britain during the last two years of the Labour government were actually incapable of working, it emerged last night.

Astonishing figures, sourced from a DWP tea trolley on the Strand highlighted how 900,994 were regarded as ‘totally taking the piss’ and of those who applied for the £96.85-a-week sickness benefit between 2008 and 2010, only 6 were found to be ill enough to automatically qualify. The 6 included two lepers, a rabies victim and a quadriplegic. It has not been disclosed as to why the other two were prevented from getting a job though a DWP agent is confident that they’re not swinging the lead.

Hundreds of thousands were rejected after attempting to claim benefits on the grounds of sexual infections, upset stomachs and limps. Employment minister Chris Grayling said the figures were ‘unacceptable’ and has strengthened the determination of Ministers – who want to slash the country’s sickness welfare bill –and help the ‘fit’ to get back to work.

The Department for Work and Pensions figures, covering October 2008 until May 2010, show that well over 80% per cent of claimants were fit enough to go to work immediately and had been ‘chucked’ off the newly labelled Employment and Support Allowance and placed on Job Seeker’s Allowance, which is less lucrative and in unemployed circles deemed as ‘skanky’. Nearly 9.5 in 10 dropped their claims before they could undergo medical tests to check whether they really are ill. ATOS Healthcare, a kind of time and motion company for the deathly, have been contracted to find out who is fibbing and who isn’t.


Pilot schemes have begun in Scotland and in Burnley which use a tougher test to assess existing claimants. For example the removal of reliever inhalers from asthmatics and crutches from those with leg fractures and spine problems have been instigated. Mr Grayling said: ‘It is clear that these figures show just how many people are found to be fit for work and not entitled to ESA. Our new work programme will ensure the millions we find fit for work will get the help they need to get a job. The few that we find too sick or disabled to work will continue to receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives.’


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