Department for Work and Pensions
London: TSO, 2008 (Cm7363)
This consultation on the reform of the social security system proposes that:
Health Service Journal, July 31st 2008, p. 10-11
The UK government's green paper on welfare reform proposes tough measures to force the long-term sick off benefits and back to work, including those with mental health problems and those addicted to drugs and alcohol. This article considers the impact of the proposals on the NHS. There are concerns that sick people could be thrust into unsuitable jobs, that the NHS rehabilitation services will be unable to meet increased demand, and that insufficient occupational therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists are available. Mental health service provision will need to be better tailored and integrated with employment services to help people find, stay in, or return to, work.
The Guardian, July 8th 2008, p. 12
The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed that targets intended to minimise benefit fraud and departmental error and set by the National Audit Office are 'unattainable'. £2.7bn was lost last year through a combination of fraud and staff error. Sir Leigh Lewis of the DWP has stated that he believes it to be 'impossible' that total fraud and error costs will ever fall below the 1% mark (£1.2bn).