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Workshy map of Britain revealed: Thousands of incapacity benefit claimants found to be capable of working

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  • 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.

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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

Birmingham                                    5,180
Glasgow City                                  3,950
Liverpool                                        3,280
Manchester                                    3,030 
County Durham                              2,970   
Leeds                                             2,570
Bradford                                         2,430
Sheffield                                         2,180
Stoke-on-Trent                                1,900
Wakefield                                        1,880 
Kirklees                                           1,830
Sandwell                                          1,810
Cardiff                                              1,800
Bristol, City of                                  1,760
Nottingham                                      1,740
Wigan                                              1,690
Rhondda,                                        1,670  
Wirral                                              1,620   
Doncaster                                       1,610 
Coventry                                         1,580      

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

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.'

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