Incapacity Benefit

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th July 2005.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:30 pm, 18th July 2005

The personal capability assessment ought to be able to distinguish between those with severe mental health problems and those with temporary depression, who constitute quite a large proportion of the 38 per cent. who are on IB, for whom positive help, including work, would be a way out of that challenge. Including those who are entitled to IB through the personal capability assessment, we ought to be able to distinguish between people who will be supported long-term and those who will continue to get help, even though they are receiving incapacity benefit.


Posted on 19 Jul 2005 9:33 am (Report this annotation)

we are assessed for this assesed for that...starting to feel like a is bad enough receiving incapacity benefit...and no help with a mortgage....I have run myself into huge debt due to the lack of help...if I were in council housing the government would be happy to pay a weekly rent of £75 plus but as I am stupid enough to own they do not pay a penny so it has to come out of my benfits which is £68 per week how is anyone meant to survive on that....and we need some straight answers as to whom can earn what..some are allowed to earn £20 per week without losing their benefits whilst other are allowed to earn up to £72 per week...why is it so hard to find out which catergory one fits into....and that you are even allowed to bulk up your benefits...