By Max Clarke

Nearly 40% of disability benefits claimants are entirely fit for work, figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions has today reveal.

Furthermore, staggering total of 93% of claimants were found to be able to work with assistance.

Those deemed fit for work will be helped secure new employment under the government’s newly announced Work Programme, whilst those who are too sick for employment will be entitled to a higher level of remuneration.

"These figures show that many people are able to work with the right help. We have strengthened the support now available tailoring it to individual needs so they can overcome whatever barriers they face,” said DWP Minister, Steve Webb.

"Those who cannot work will always receive our unconditional support but for those who can work it’s right that they get the help they need to get into employment.

Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, however blasted the figures as yet another Tory cost cutting exercise at the expense of the infirm.

"The new incapacity benefit assessment is a much tougher test than previously and is designed to save the government money by excluding more people," said Barber.

Of all Employment and Support Allowance claimants, just 7% were deemed incapable of employment following the Work Capability Assessment.

"We are continuously improving the medical test to ensure that it is as fair and effective as possible," continued Webb.


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