Fit for work

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Fit for work

Recently issued statistics from the Government covering those applying for Employment and Support Allowance indicates that 75 per cent of applicants in the first quarter of 2011 are either found fit for work or stop their claims before a medical assessment of their condition is made. The checks on applicants are being made through the Work Capability Assessment.

It's quite possible that the agencies pushing the Government's plan to get more people back in to work - where jobs exist - will also be undertaking even more covert surveillance of suspected fraudulent claimants. This and the WCA could mean for fewer days of staff sick leave.

This was first published in June 2011

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