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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Iain Duncan Smith ‘targeting seriously ill claimants’ in benefits overhaul

 Iain Duncan Smith 'targeting seriously ill claimants' in benefits overhaul 
The fate of nearly 550,000 benefit claimants currently deemed unfit for work due to serious illnesses such ascancer is in the balance as it emerged that Iain Duncan Smith is planning a radical change to the welfare system.The work and pensions secretary is pushing to scrap a part of the benefits system that helps sufferers of recent illnesses get back into employment. These individuals are covered by the term “work-related activity group” (WRAG) and are regarded as being capable of work in the future. They are paid benefits if they carry out training or practice interviews.
We call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

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