New figures on reassessment

A new crop of figures on reassessment have been released, showing that cumulatively 32% of those assessed have been deemed fit to work. (This does not quite mean what it says; the Work Capability Assessment is stringent, and failing it means that people have been found not to be so incapacitated that it is unreasonable to expect them to do any work.)

Some of us might remember that in March last year it was announced that 37% of claimants were fit to work. The cumulative figures are higher because of early, stricter judgements (the time series is tabulated here.) The proportion has been coming down. The trend was picked up last year by; there are indications that the effect of appeals, protests and revised procedures have mitigated at least some of the excesses.

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