Evidence of the need for reform of Britain’s £192 billion per annum welfare system continues to flow in, with applicants for the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) now having to submit to tough new tests called “work capability assessments”. Currently 2.6 million Britons claim the incapacity benefit, costing taxpayers £12.5 billion a year. According to The Telegraph, four out of 10 new applicants for the ESA were found fit to work and:
Another 36 per cent abandoned their application before submitting to medical tests, leading ministers to suggest that many gave up their attempt after realising that they would have to be assessed by a doctor.
Just six per cent were signed off work, with another 16 per cent found to be capable of some form of employment if they received help and support.
UK Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the figures justified the government’s plans to shift people off incapacity benefits which have simply been used as a “dumping ground”.
“We now know very clearly that the vast majority of new claimants for sickness benefits are in fact able to return to work.
“That’s why we are turning our attention to existing claimants, who were simply abandoned on benefits.
“We will, of course, carry on providing unconditional support to those who cannot work, but for those who can it’s right and proper that they start back on the road to employment.”