The latest work capability assessment (WCA) outcome statistics released last week show an extraordinary rise in the proportion of claimants qualifying for employment and support allowance (ESA) and a truly massive increase in the proportion being placed in the support group since the coalition came to power.
The most recent statistics cover the period from July to September 2013.
They show that 27% of new ESA claimants were found fit for work.
In the quarter immediately before the coalition came to power, on the other hand, the proportion of claimants being found fit for work was 61%.
So the percentage being found fit for work under IDS has more than halved.
But it’s the increase in the proportion of claimants being put in the support group that has been the most astonishing. When IDs became a minister it stood at 10%.
It is now…
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