Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Incapacity benefit overhaul at heart of welfare reforms | Society |: "Tuesday May 17, 2005 "The government today confirmed it will push ahead with reform of incapacity benefit - the most costly and controversial budget in the welfare system.

The incapacity benefit bill will split the current benefit in two, with the bulk of less-sick claimants facing a financial cut if they fail to attend interviews designed to prepare them for work. The claimants with more severe conditions - roughly 20% of those on benefit - will be placed on a new higher rate."

How will this affect those with chronic fatigue, psychiatric and other similar illnesses?

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