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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

An incapacity to reform

Hain's risible plans to 'reform' incapacity benefit carry all the hallmarks of an ineffective government in terminal decline. This holy grail of welfare dependency, the target of every long-term claimant, will remain utterly unchanged. The 50,000 plonkies on the roll will continue to claim £85m a year to keep them in booze, the 2,000 fat bastards on the register will continue to claim their £4.4m to keep them in lard, sugar and trans-fats and the skiving sod with a fungal infection of the fingernails will continue to shed unwashed body flakes in return for my tax.

About the only ones with a real incapacity are the Minister and his civil servants - they're utterly, terminally useless and unfit even to flip burgers for the fat bastards.


BenefitScroungingScum said...

I'm in complete agreement with you that the system needs reform, but, the picture of incapacity and other sickness related benefits being pushed currently by the media just could not be further from the truth. Clairwil has written a good overview of the reality of the system at
In reality those of us who are genuine claimants are currently terrified of these 'reforms' as they are not reforms at all but no more than a desire to make the general public believe that something is being done about the vast numbers of 'benefit scroungers' when in fact the fraud rates for sickness related benefits are actually very low (unlike say housing benefit or job seekers allowance) but offical error causes enormous amounts of waste every year and the system itself is hugely wasteful. There is also no consideration for the fact that there just aren't jobs for the majority of disabled people as in reality the private sector won't employ people who are likely to need frequent amounts of time off work, or costly adaptations (the Access to work scheme is a hit and miss joke) thus it all falls back on to the public sector costing the tax payer just as much, but being hidden in a different way.
Until one or all of the parties actually gets a decent group of people with disabilities and carers working for them to provide an understanding of the benefits system and the barriers to work, challenges to overcome and understanding that some will never be able to work then all these so called reforms will only continue to engender fear for genuine claimants and keep fraudsters happy.
Bendy Girl

Guthrum said...

You cannot 'reform' anything that is centrally administered, the bloke with a bad back in Leeds is not going to rumbled by a department 'administered' in Newcastle.

Anonymous said...

They will never seriously address Incapacity benefit.

Its the main tool that is available to reduce unemployment, the figures for which are based upon the numbers claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

DA is worth more than JSA and it continues indefinitely.

One other reason it is so favoured is that deductions from DA cannot be made to pay fines - a nice "get out of jail free" card.