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Thread #132102   Message #2988021
Posted By: Steve Shaw
16-Sep-10 - 11:56 AM
Thread Name: BS: Blind stupidity - TUC Congress
Subject: RE: BS: Blind stupidity - TUC Congress
I just spotted this gem as well: "Labour encouraged people to sign on sickness benefits and duly rewarded them."

This is just fantasy. Getting on to incapacity benefit, even for the most deserving cases, has been a bloody nightmare for years. There has been no "encouragement" of any kind. For many years now this benefit has been means-tested after a fashion (if you had to retire early, and received even a modest ill-health pension or other income, your IB either went down or disappeared completely). And the rules for doing even a very limited amount of work whilst on this benefit, for example in a move to a full return to work, are very severe. You may gather that I'm speaking from personal experience.