Thousands With Degenerative Conditions Told They Could Be ‘Fit To Work In The Future’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Thousands With Degenerative Conditions Told They Could Be ‘Fit To Work In The Future’

More than a third of people with debilitating and incurable conditions and are too sick to work, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, are being placed in the ‘Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of ESA, even though their condition is certain to worsen over time.

Claimants placed within the WRAG receive less money than those in the higher ‘Support Group’, who are not required to prepare for work or attend Job Centre interviews, and face the threat of sanctions if they fail to comply with strict requirements. Some may have their ESA entitlement removed after only a year as the government attempts to “support people into work”.

The Independent newspaper reports how new research by a coalition of charities reveals that between October 2008 and September last year, 7,800 people with degenerative conditions were placed within the WRAG. The figures reveal that over 3,000 of these people had multiple sclerosis, 800 had Parkinson’s disease and 3,800 suffered from excruciating rheumatoid arthritis. 100 had motor neurone disease and a further 100 suffered from cystic fibrosis.

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