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We should all be grateful to Nick from iLegal for his work debunking the factually-inaccurate DWP press release, reported widely in the BBC and other press outlets yesterday (Saturday). Vox Political led the backlash against it.

Nick goes into the figures and digs out the facts that the BBC (and the others) haven’t told you. He writes:

“For some extraordinary reason the DWP and media have an almost obsession with ‘new claims’ for the dreaded Employment & Support Allowance.  On nearly every statistical release the accent is principally on new claims and it’s not hard to understand why; they invariably provide the public with more sensationalist headlines over ‘millions being found fit for work or ‘closing their claims without an assessment’ (by the awful Atos ‘Healthcare’ who conduct the controversial examinations under £100 million contracts with the DWP).

“In excess of 2.3 million claimants incapacity benefit claimants being tested under the much stricter ‘Employment & Support Allowance’ regime and those who are ‘examined’ on a second, third or even fourth occasion are being completely left out of the figures.

“Had the BBC fully reported the facts, they would have had to report that in the six months between October 2012 and May 2013 an average of 83% of 1,078,200 incapacity claimants were passing their assessments and 88% of the 1,332,300 repeatedly assessed were re-qualifying for the allowance.”

For the rest, skip across to the iLegal site where Nick will lay it all out for you.

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