Welfare to Work policy 'casts the disabled as cheats'
Flagship initiative threatens safety of the disabled by suggesting that they are scroungers, say charities
The government's flagship Welfare to Work policy is inciting hatred and violence towards the disabled by portraying them as cheats and benefits scroungers, an alliance of charities has warned.
A drip-feed of statistics about claimants who have been denied benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions because they are deemed fit to work threatens the safety and quality of life of its members, says an alliance of 50 charities. The government is feeding a negative attitude towards people with disabilities, which, the charities warn, will ultimately end in violence.
A DWP spokesman referred to Grayling's comments at a recent select committee, during which he claimed that he could not prevent the publication of negative press about benefit claimants.
So they can't prevent the negative press? Really?
Well why did the Daily Mail say that they and other newspapers were given misleading statements by the DWP?
In common with other newspapers, an article on 11 February reported official Department of Work and Pensions figures which suggested that 68 per cent of incapacity claimants were receiving benefits despite being fit for work. While 29 per cent were found fit for work straight away, the other 39 per cent were assessed as being unable to work now but able to work in the foreseeable future.
We are happy to clarify the position.