2 Apr 2013

Checking incapacity benefit & Disability Living Allowance

878,300 people who were on incapacity benefit dropped their claim to the payments rather than undergo a medical test.

Another 837,000 who did take the a medical test were found to be fit to work immediately, while a further 367,300 were judged able to some level of work.

Only 232,000 (one in eight of those tested) were classified by doctors to be too ill to do any sort of job.

Prima facie evidence of fraud.


And Esther McVey, Minister for the Disabled, is reminding us that from next week, people who apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) of up to £120 a week are in for a shock: they will be forced to take medical tests to weed out fraudulent claims instead of just filling in a form and getting it for life.

Ronald Morgan, who continued claiming DLA for balance problems while working as a roofer, got himself known as the 'fiddler on the roof'.

She may also like to look at a website which charges for ‘tips’ on how to milk the benefits system and may have helped to boost the number of Britons claiming DLA.

The number of people who get DLA has tripled to three million in 20 years.


The Fraud Investigator said...

These statistics are highly misleading because they mostly include the huge numbers of people with short term illnesses who have recovered and rightly stop claiming (and e.g go back to work) before there is any need for an assessment.

Ministers have misused these official statistics and ignored the warning made by the DWP's own statisticians in January this year: "Current data does not allow anything conclusive to be said about the destinations of closed and in progress cases, nor to infer what would have been or will be the outcome of assessment."

In addition, these statistics are about Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance. They have nothing to do with Disability Living Allowance, but the press have taken the bait hook, line and sinker.

John Page said...

Yes, two separate benefits. To make this clearer I've added a divider in the post.

Can't agree with you about the timing of people coming off the incapacity benefit, though - the numbers are just too high.

The Fraud Investigator said...

Press coverage like this also gets in the way of investigating genuine fraud because it generates a large number of irrelevant referrals from the public.

Tim said...

On IB I refer you to this:

To get DLA, I fought for 5 years, 2 tribunals, 1 crown court case, 1 face to face medical. Lot of GP/Medical proof.

Your blog is myth & prejudice. But above all - Hate.