The Telegraph, which serves as the vicar of Iain Duncan Smith on earth, is trailing a new DWP report. It will talk about a million people who are stuck on benefits despite have been formally assessed as being “capable of preparing for or looking for work”. There is however no formal assessment made of whether people are capable of preparation for work. In the absence of the regulations that were promised to cover the circumstances, the DWP refers all claimants who have limited capacity for work to undertake some preparation for work, unless they are assessed as being in the ‘support’ group. The nature of the assessment is not about capacity to prepare; it is that they are not fit for work, and it is not reasonable to expect them to work. The category of people who are expected to prepare for work routinely includes, for example, people who have had strokes, people with degenerative diseases and people with serious psychiatric illness. It’s true that some may be ‘stuck’, but it’s not necessarily the benefits that are the problem.