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    So the plan is new claimants for incapacity benefits will only get the full amount if they are a)deemed totally unable to work or b)go to training/interviews based on what they CAN do. If your disability doesn't prevent you from working, and you don't attend training, you only get unemployment benefit rather than the higher incapacity benefit.

    The idea seems like something CUKers would be in favour of - hitting back at scrounging chavs - but somehow I'm suspicious any Labour initiative will get widely praised here... comments?

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    I am amazed that Labour are actually doing something, but I think this has more to do with an election looming...... as usual though, with these spin-merchants I will believe it when I see it working.
    After all, they have had 11 years to get some of these people into work, but instead have irresponsibly allowed unsustainable mass immigration to fill gaps in employment while simultaneously paying billions in incapacity benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberman View Post
    I am amazed that Labour are actually doing something, but I think this has more to do with an election looming
    How does that work then I thought the recieved "wisdom" here was those on benefits vote Labour?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    If your disability doesn't prevent you from working, and you don't attend training, you only get unemployment benefit rather than the higher incapacity benefit.
    Disadvantages with this I see include:
    a) Unemployment will rise
    b) We won't get as many Gold medals in the London paralympics

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    The snot goblin has got to cut spending somewhere, so why not start with an easy target, the sick. The government has been running a very effective spin campaign that all those on sickness benefit are malingerers. None of them are ever going to find an employer who will take them on when there are an infinite number of fit, young migrants to do the job.

    It is just a spending cut by stealth and a good way of masking the actual rise in unemployment.
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    You can get incappacity benefit for depression. While it's no laughing matter it's a condition that is easy to fake. There are little pockets of communities dotted all over the country that do this, i.e. fiddle the system, have the knowledge of how to work it.
    I applaud any government who has the balls to cut back on the modern day 'ailments' in order to direct the money to those with a genuine need. But no governement ever has or will.
    The court heard Darren Upton had written a letter to Judge Sally Cahill QC saying he wasn’t “a typical inmate of prison”.

    But the judge said: “That simply demonstrates your arrogance continues. You are typical. Inmates of prison are people who are dishonest. You are a thoroughly dishonestly man motivated by your own selfish greed.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by HairyArsedBloke View Post
    The snot goblin has got to cut spending somewhere, so why not start with an easy target, the sick. The government has been running a very effective spin campaign that all those on sickness benefit are malingerers. None of them are ever going to find an employer who will take them on when there are an infinite number of fit, young migrants to do the job.
    You deny there are a huge number of people falsely claiming benefits, or too lazy to try and find work because the benefits are quite high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagpuss View Post
    You can get incappacity benefit for depression. While it's no laughing matter it's a condition that is easy to fake. There are little pockets of communities dotted all over the country that do this, i.e. fiddle the system, have the knowledge of how to work it.
    I applaud any government who has the balls to cut back on the modern day 'ailments' in order to direct the money to those with a genuine need. But no governement ever has or will.
    I have never understood why taking people out of work is deemed a cure for especially mental illness. Surely sitting at home doing nothing is far worse than going to work. Of course people who become dependent upon welfare lose aspirations and confidence that only work provides. Their dependence on welfare means tha they will vote for whoever maintains such a system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgyAgent View Post
    Their dependence on welfare means tha they will vote for whoever maintains such a system.
    This is where I disagree. State benefits have been a 'free for all' for the last 20 + years. Ever since they became a convenient way to massage the unemployment figures. In the 80s unemployment hit 5-6 million, forget the official 3 million, that's codswallop.
    Both Conservative and Labour have, and will, maintain the status quo until another means to massage the figures is found. Therefore who you vote for makes little difference.
    The court heard Darren Upton had written a letter to Judge Sally Cahill QC saying he wasn’t “a typical inmate of prison”.

    But the judge said: “That simply demonstrates your arrogance continues. You are typical. Inmates of prison are people who are dishonest. You are a thoroughly dishonestly man motivated by your own selfish greed.”

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