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Third of people on incapacity benefit found fit for work
7:00am Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
MORE than a third of people re-tested for incapacity benefits in Tendring have been found fit enough to work.
Claimants are being reassessed following the replacement of incapacity benefit with the employment and support allowance.
Of the 12,000 re-assessed in Essex so far, more than 3,500 now face having to work or claim jobseekers' allowance.
Disability support groups say people were worried about the new rules.
Those found fit for work will no longer be able to claim for ongoing sickness benefit.
Paschal Cane, of the Essex Coalition of Disabled People, said: “We have had some people who have been re-assessed as being capable for work and that has created anxiety without question.
“But we are trying to support people in that situation.”
Of those reassessed, 36 per cent of claimants in Tendring have been ruled fit to work.