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Lying Down On The Job

by | 11th, October 2005

‘GIVE David Blunkett a pair of fairy wings and a Boyzone T-shirt and he’d still talk tough. The man just can’t resist it.

So even though he’s been moved from the Home Office to the more humdrum post of Work and Pensions Secretary, bearded Blunkett still sounds like a hardliner.

The Independent hears Blunkett say that the system for awarding benefits to the disabled is “crackers”. It is too complicated and open to error and fraud. He wants to derail the “incapacity benefits train” that allows people to be signed off work without being properly assessed.

And it’s a two-pronged approach. The first step is beating the corrupt system is to get the disabled back to work, to offer them what Blunkett terms “liberation from dependence”. Work makes you free.

“If we watched daytime television all day, we’d all be depressed,” says he, choosing to ignore the uplifting effects of observing people worse off than yourself on Jerry Springer, Trisha and such like.

The second way to reduce the cost of incapacity benefit, claimed by 2.7 million people at a cost of a whopping £12 billion, is to check them out – the Commons Public Accounts committee estimates fraud in the benefits system at £3bn a year.

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