I really should stop reading the Daily Mail as my blood pressure goes up a notch or two every time I read the sensationalist drivel that they publish.
Their latest story paints a third of those on Incapacity Benefit as nothing more than benefit fraudsters who are perfectly capable of working, and whilst the assessments carried out by Government may show that a third of claimants are “fit for work”, I’m not so sure.
A lot of people have good days and bad days. For someone with disabilities or mental illness these can be much more pronounced.
I know people who on some days appear to be fit and well to work, yet on other days can barely find the energy to deal with dressing themselves. What happens if you get someone on a good day for their assessment? …. They get judged fit to work.
However for every one or two good days, there may be three or four bad days, and you cannot control which days will be good and which bad.
I know of few employers that are that flexible when times are good, let alone in a period of near stagnant growth.
I’m not denying that some people are indeed fit to work, however I think the figures are misleading based on one assessment on one day.