The Spectator, 4 February 2016

The Spectator published an article covering Reform‘s latest report, Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits, which argues that a radical overhaul of the current disability welfare system is needed.

It considers the report’s proposals, including adapting the Work Capability Assessment to include three stages, rather than the “crude” current system. It also suggest having a single out-of-work allowance paid to everyone, regardless of sickness or health. The savings from this could then fund higher rates of disability living allowance and the personal independence payment, benefits that reflect the higher cost of living for someone who is sick or disabled. To quote:

“Reform’s paper is interesting for a number of reasons, not least because Iain Duncan Smith gave a speech on his own thinking on sickness benefits to the think tank last summer. But it also tries to answer some of the concerns of those who are worried about the proposed arrangements in the Welfare Reform and Work Act. If ministers indicate in private discussions with MPs that they are moving towards this sort of reform that means those on sickness benefits are still adequately supported financially, then they may be able to make the small Tory rebellion disappear entirely.”

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