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More than half a million people could lose incapacity benefit after welfare changes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7326
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Around 600 000 people in Britain are set to lose their incapacity benefit and all other benefits because of welfare changes, despite the fact that they have health or disability needs that restrict their ability to work, says a report.

Academics from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research Centre have calculated that by 2014 there will be nearly one million fewer people on incapacity benefit. At the moment 2.6 million people receive the benefit. Some of the people who receive incapacity benefit will stop doing so because they have reached state pension age, or have died, and some will have returned to work or moved on to other benefits. But 600 000 people will lose out. …

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