Disabled people will take part in unpaid work experience

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced to disability groups that some people who are sick long term or disabled will take part in unpaid work experience or have their benefits cut. This will be officailly announced after legal changes to Clause 54 of the Welfare Reform Bill go through Parliament. 

People in the Work Related Actvity Group of Employment and Support Allowance will be required to work in charities, public bodies or in retail. This group includes those with terminal cancer with over six months to live, stroke victims and those who have been in an accident. Currently there are 300,000 claimants in the Work Related Activity Group. This number is expected to rise owing to the new controversial assessent process used to find out whether people are fit for work. 

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See the Department for Work and Pensions presentation on the proposals here.

See the Department for Work and Pensions document on the proposals here.