Incapacity Benefit for new claimants will go, replaced by Employment and Support Allowance with the emphasis on what a person with a physical or mental health condition can do, rather than what they can’t.
Peter Hain, Labour Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 2007
We need a system focussed on what a claimant can do and the support they’ll need – and not just on what they can’t do.
Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 2015
It’s just the same old shit, over and over again, whichever bunch of bastards is in charge. The above two comments were made almost a decade apart and in that period the number of people claiming out of work sickness benefits has barely changed. And why would it? In any society there will be some people who cannot work due to illness or disability and as the pension…
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