Three-quarters of Cumbrians on sick judged fit to work
Last updated at 13:02, Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Nearly three quarters of north and west Cumbria’s sickness benefit claimants are being judged capable of work, it has been revealed.
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''To suggest that nearly 75% of north & west Cumbrian Incapacity Benefit claimants are judged fit for work is nothing other than a Consevative/Lib dem sponsored pernicious attack upon working class people & their families because that is exactly what it is-a class issue!''Exactly.....WORKING class. WORKING. Not scrounging. People who work are not being penalised here. I am completely with the government on this matter and will vote for them again and again.
Yes, this benefit is great for the genuine people that need it, but there are people abusing it. Some of the claimants that have posted here seem to see comments as a personal attack on themselves. If they are claiming correctly, then it isn't aimed at them, is it? People are angry at those that claim wrongly. Some of the people here that are saying they can't work because they can only walk a few yards etc are WRONG for assuming they are intitled. Nobody is saying they have to work as a road sweeper or something. They can get a desk job, a call centre job, a work from home...there are jobs for many people if they can actually be bothered to work. Just because you have a disability, doesn't mean you can't work at all, it just means you are restricted in certain areas (obviously this doesn't apply to ALL disabilities, but some people take it as a free pass and that is wrong).
I am all for this ruling.
Quote "Everybody knows the old system was full of abuses."As a rule any statement prefixed by "everybody knows" is generally uninformed garbage.I don't know the old system was full of abuses. I am not privy to the analysis or any data relating to this. Just government statements and anecdotal rubbish.
But as an earlier correspondent asked - why are people obsessed with this perceived fraud rather than the more real corporate tax evasion? Because it feeds into their subconscious dislike of the infirm. People don't mind a quick whip round if you have a cancer ... there will be a relatively swift resolution, accompanied by the inevitable heroic struggle. Chronic ongoing illnesses bore people and push the limits of compassion.
Me and the wife have paid into NI contributions since we started work, and between us we have not taken more than 5 day sick in 60 combined years. We don't need the doctors (apart from mandatory check ups) so what have we got to show for it - about 9% of our earnings taken to give to the shirkers (and some genuine cases) of this world.Sick - yes, to the back teeth.