Incapacity Benefit

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Incapacity Benefit

A short- or long-term tax-free benefit provided by the UK government for people with illness or disability.
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Parsons, aged 68, began claiming incapacity benefit in 1982, saying he was prone to falling after having a hip replacement.
Johnson confirmed that incapacity benefit would be scrapped.
The key elements of the reforms to be announced by Work and Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson for new claimants of incapacity benefits are:
It came the day BBC's Panorama claimed the annual cost of paying incapacity benefits was now significantly higher than the estimated cost of staging the London Olympics.
Professor Fothergill, whose team have interviewed more than 3,000 incapacity benefit claimants for a research project, warns nearly two thirds of claimants have no skills or qualifications.
At the same time we have seen a fall in people claiming Incapacity Benefit and Jobseekers' Allowance.
New claimants for incapacity benefit will also face tougher tests - getting a "skills health check" to determine what jobs they could do.
All three Merseyside factories are closing, in an area of the highest claim rate for incapacity benefits.
The programme will apply to all those who have been on incapacity benefit for more than 12 months.
Ron Parsons, aged 66, of Tarn Close, Bedworth, appeared before Nuneaton magistrates and pleaded guilty to claiming incapacity benefit worth pounds 37,570 while working as a doorman at Bedworth Ex-Servicemen's Club.
He said: "A million people on incapacity benefits want to work.
The new Employment and Support Allowance, which will replace incapacity benefits from October 2008, will help drive further reductions in incapacity benefit levels by extending the support we offer to those facing barriers to work, changing the focus to what a person can do, rather than what they can't.