Government takes a tough stance on disability benefits

Government aims to wean more people off disability benefit and into work by
introducing fixed period awards, the secretary of state for work announced this

Darling wants to make disabled people reapply for benefit at least every three
years although the exact details will not be known until the welfare reform
bill in the autumn.

fixed period awards will affect the one million new claimants who apply every

suggest that only a third of claimants will never be able to work again, while
the conditions of the majority, such as those recovering from car crashes or
accidents, may improve sufficiently for them to return to work. Incapacity
benefit is currently claimed by 2.3million.

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