Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Dec 11, 2014 15:07:33 GMT
IDS's 'fit for work' projections in tatters
Sickness benefits claimants were not 'faking it'
Figures released today by the Department of Works & Pensions reveal that 93% of long term sick claimants have qualified for Employment & Support Allowance following stricter 'Work Capability Assessments'. 81% have qualified for intensive support on the grounds of severe health problems. The latest figures make a complete mockery of earlier claims made by the right wing media that the assessments showed 75% of incapacity claimants were 'fit for work' and 'weeding out the work-shy'.
Similarly figures for the same group of claimants show that in preceding quarter from October 2013 to December 2013, 90% of claimants qualified.
The figures for what are designated 'new' Employment & Support Allowance claimants show that (for the same quarter up to March 2014, large percentages of claimants are qualifying with 77% qualifying under the strict assessment regime. The new claim group is one where large numbers of claimants appeal a fit for work decision, the 23% found fit for work is likely to fall even further when the results of appealed decisions are made public.
Claimants from either the new claim or ex-incapacity cohort who find themselves 're-assessed', qualified at a rate of 93% over the most recent quarterly figures.
Not all the results are in
It comes as no surprise that the DWP are still chronically behind the times when it comes to providing the real results. None of the figures produced by the DWP can depict the true number found fit for work because they drag their heels when it comes to updating the number of decisions overturned by independent appeals and after internal 'reconsiderations' carried out by the DWP.
The latest figures show no real attempt has been made to provide the correct figures for results 'after appeal'. The figures show that from October 2008 to September 2013 only 156,600 fit for work decisions have been overturned in the claimant's favour by an independent tribunal. The figure is known to be far higher with around 40% of over 1.1 million Employment & Support Allowance appeals being overturned in favour of the claimant by the tribunal - a figure of at least 440,000.
The DWP remain as elusive as ever with no sign of them being anywhere near publishing much awaited 'reconsideration' figures, figures which they promised would be available by the end of this year. The reconsiderations overturns will add considerably to the appeals overturned by tribunals; - notably the DWP appear to be rather shy at telling anyone!
IDS owes the sick and disabled an apology
Iain Duncan Smith has never wasted an opportunity in trying to vilify those claiming incapacity benefits as 'workshy, he never wastes an opportunity in getting his right wing tabloid friends to print the worst possible headlines, he has continually claimed to be getting people 'parked' on sickness benefits 'off the sick and into work', but the reality is that the IDS driven DWP is failing miserably when it comes to 'helping' those on incapacity benefits.
IDS should be made to publicly apologise for the disgraceful manner in which he has ensured that only the worst possible figures were misrepresented to the public, the real results are what we are now starting to see.
The fact is that despite using a test as strict as the Work Capability Assessment, the vast majority of claimants are now qualifying for their benefits. IDS's claims to be helping people back in to work are a complete sham, he need only look in his own constituency of Chingford & Woodford Green to see how many people from the long term sick have ended up with a job after his relentless programme of cruel tests - it is shameful that the media gives no attention to the real results; if IDS was properly exposed he should be forced to resign.