The Atos Monologues.
LET’S GET TO WORKIain Duncan Smith(soothing/placatory)
The previous government has made some inroads into welfare reform byintroducing reviews of people on incapacity benefit. It was a start to employ AtosHealth Care to undertake these assessments. But there is more work to be done.The proportion of people parked on inactive benefits has almost tripled in thepast 30 years to 41% of the inactive working age population.That is a tragedy. We must be here to help people improve their lives – not justpark them on long-term benefits.To address this, we will re-assess all current claimants of Incapacity Benefit ontheir readiness to work.If people genuinely cannot work, then we will make surethey get the unconditional support they need. At the same time, we will also make sure the system is fair by ensuring thatreceipt of benefits for those able to work is conditional on their willingness towork.So to be fair to the taxpayer, we will cut payments if they don’t do the rightthing.However, those assessed as immediately capable of work will be moved on toJobseeker’s Allowance straight away. At the same time, those who have the potential to return to work will receive theenhanced support they need through the new Employment and Support Allowance and the Work Programme.
DWP Spokesperson(bland officialese tones)Press Release – 11
The first big phase of the Government’s radical welfare reform programme startstoday, as long-term incapacity benefit claimants in Burnley and Aberdeen will bethe first across the country to be reassessed for their ability to work.