A breakdown of the DWP’s Work Programme figures reveal that just 10 people claiming sickness benefits have found a job in Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green, iLegal has revealed.
Despite the multi billion pound programme running since June 2011, the Work Programme has done next to nothing to help claimants on incapacity benefits, including Employment & Support Allowance, back in to work. The DWP’s league table of ‘job outcomes’ for 633 Parliamentary Constituencies show that out of a total 331,290 claimants from all benefits, only 22,360 job outcomes related to those who were claiming, or had claimed, an incapacity related benefit.
The figures for Chingford & Woodford Green show that of the total 520 Job Outcomes recorded since the Work Programme started 3 years previously, between 500 and 510 related to jobs for claimants on Jobseeker’s Allowance. A different breakdown of the 520 claimants show that 60 had a self – declared disability status; – the majority being on Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Ironically it was Duncan Smith who called in to question the self – declared disability status when challenged over the punitive effect which the Bedroom Tax was having upon disabled people. Duncan Smith said on LBC radio “The figures you use are figures used for people’s self-declaration of their disability under the Disability Discrimination Act” A footnote to his own department’s Work Programme figures clarifies the definition of disability when used in their figures “Disability Indicator Disability is self-assessed as having a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities” – yet another prime example of double standards by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions.
Read the damning facts on the iLegal website.
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