Workshy map of Britain revealed: Thousands of incapacity benefit claimants found to be capable of working
- Birmingham has most claimants capable of work - 5,180
- In Glasgow, 3,950 of 15,720 who received incapacity benefit were deemed fit
- Revealed after government introduced tough new test for those 'on the sick'
By Amanda Williams
PUBLISHED: 05:35 EST, 4 May 2013 | UPDATED: 06:52 EST, 4 May 2013
This map of Britain reveals the 'workshy' spots around the country where people claiming incapacity benefit claimants are actually fit enough to work.
The Government introduced tough new health tests for those who claimed to be too unwell to get back into employment two years ago.
Since then some 203,000, 30 per cent, out of 700,000 receiving the old Incapacity Benefit
were declared fit to find work.
The Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) said Birmingham had the biggest number of claimants capable of work. Of 14,640 claimants, 5,180 were fit.
THE TOP 20 'WORKSHY' AREAS
Glasgow City 3,950
County Durham 2,970
Bristol, City of 1,760
In Glasgow, 3,950 of the 15,720 who received incapacity benefit were found to be well enough to work.
And in both Liverpool and Manchester more than 3,000 are no longer eligible for the benefit.
Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, said they will now get long term help from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme to find work.
He said: 'The old system condemned far too many people to a life on sickness benefits with little help to move back to work.
'This is a huge waste, but now people who can work will be given the long term help they need to find a job which is right for them, while those who need unconditional support will get it.'
Incapacity Benefit has been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance as part of an overhaul of the welfare state spearheaded by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
Under the old system people were allowed to claim incapacity for a variety of ailments such as acne or obesity.
Hundreds of thousands are still waiting to be assessed by the system.
The Government has said the new programme will support those who are genuinely unfit to work.
It comes after it was revealed one million people who are fit to work have been claiming out-of-work benefits for three of the last four years.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said that more than four out of ten work-related benefits are claimed by the long-term unemployed.
A third of those claiming incapacity benefit claimants are fit enough to work, it has today been revealed. It comes after an overhaul of the welfare state introduce by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith
Ministers have come under fire from Labour for capping total benefits at £26,000 a year per household and forcing those on Incapacity Benefit and its replacement Employment Support Allowance to undergo health tests to assess their readiness for work.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 'It’s tragic to see the Work and Pensions Secretary once again peddling myths about benefits in order to provide cover for more austerity and his own failure to tackle rising unemployment.
'The fact is that the majority of the million benefit claimants that he believes are ‘fit to work’ have either been declared not-yet fit-to-work by his own department, or are lone parents with children below school age, who will struggle to find work given the high cost of childcare.
'The Work and Pensions Secretary should spend less time wasting taxpayers’ money on bogus benefits propaganda and more time getting to grips with the real issue of rising unemployment, particularly the one million young people currently struggling for work.'
Headlines Newsview all
So much for Eurozone austerity! David Cameron joins Angela Merkel in Germany for a lavish banquet in an ornate hall with a 50ft-high golden ceiling as he warns Brexit would make world a more dangerous place
Prime Minister enjoyed a luxurious meal as he chatted to the German Chancellor during annual Matthiae-Mahl dinner Photographs showed Cameron laughing and joking with Merkel as ... Full story
'I know you’re scared to say ‘black,’ I know you’re scared to say ‘reparations,' one panelist told him An audience member shouted at him, 'We were ... Full story
Jimmy Hill memorial service: Football's great and good including England manager Roy Hodgson, Trevor Brooking, Gary Lineker and John Motson pay tribute to a man 'truly worth celebrating'
immy Hill's life celebrated at Coventry Cathedral in front of thousands of people all paying their respects England manager Roy Hodgson, Trevor Brooking, Tony Mowbray, ... Full story
Rate this article
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
- Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha
- Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without
- Lacey Wildd has had 30 enhancement surgeries and is planning more
Scalia, 79, died of apparent natural causes at the Cibolo Creek Ranch south of Marfa, Texas, on SaturdayThe Supreme Court Justice was at the resort ...
An Ohio man, 61, drove his sedan the wrong way down the the I-75 at 3am this morning, striking an SUV containing four young peopleAll five ...
Boyfriend who 'murdered his five-month-old daughter, girlfriend, and another infant and critically injured a toddler' in knife attack has been caught after four days on the run
Rebecca Cutler, 26, and her three children, aged five months to two years, were stabbed at the Ramada Inn on Staten Island Wednesday morningAlleged killer ...
Father-of-one Gareth Pugh worked at Peterstone Lakes Golf Club, NewportThe greenkeeper, 29, was collecting stray golf balls and fell into the lakePlayers and staff raised ...
Lee Anthony Nolan killed Katelyn Parker with the appliance's power cable 48-year-old bragged to a man, 70, he had killed a woman and showed bodyHe was ...
The Sultan and the Tsar: Will the imperial ambitions of Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan spark a new World War, asks historian MICHAEL BURLEIGH
By Michael Burleigh for the Daily Mail Published: 19:11 EST, 13 February 2016 | Updated: 19:11 EST, 13 February 2016 ...
The FBI is investigating Midwest Academy, a boarding school for troubled teenagers in Keokuk, IowaSix former students described abuse they say they suffered at ...
Ivana Trump, 66, spoke candidly of her jet set lifestyle in new interviewDonald's ex-wife said she has 'about three boyfriends' and no plan to marryShe ...
Jamie Silvonek, 14, pleaded guilty to murdering her mom Cheryl SilvonekShe also agreed to testify at the trial of her soldier boyfriend Caleb Barnes, the 21-year-old ...
Wisdom was tagged by scientists back in 1956 when she was about fiveShe has birthed a new chick named Kukini, for 'messenger' in HawaiianTypical ...