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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2002): Social Security - UK

EVALUATION OF THE CAPABILITY REPORT: IDENTIFYING THE WORK-RELATED CAPABILITIES OF INCAPACITY BENEFIT CLAIMANTS

R Legard and others

London: Department for Work and Pensions, 2002. (Research report 162)

The capability report was introduced within ONE and New Deal for Disabled People pilot areas to enhance the procedure for assessing entitlement to Incapacity Benefits and to complement the role of personal advisers in supporting sick and disabled people with their move into work. The capability report is completed by Medical Services doctors at the same time as they complete an incapacity report as part of the personal capability assessment. This report presents findings from a qualitative evaluation of the capability report.

FAILURES HIT HOME

C Ryan

Public Finance, July 19th-25th, 2002, p. 22-25

Discusses the many failures of the housing benefit system. The benefit is extremely complex to administer, but simplification of the regulations would probably lead to more fraud and higher costs as more people claim. Many councils have contracted out housing benefit administration, but results have been mixed. Councils are now faced with severe staff shortages combined with increasing numbers of claimants and a rigid bureaucratic framework. The whole system is a shambles.

MINISTER TAKES ON PLEDGE TO CUT HOUSING BENEFIT FRAUD BY A QUARTER

K Guha

Financial Times, August 1st 2002, p. 4

A national survey of housing benefit fraud has been commissioned by government as part of a planned crackdown on abuse. Proposed measures to reduce fraud include surveillance and investigation of claimants' bank accounts and Inland Revenue files.

TAX CREDITS: POSITIVES, NEGATIVES AND SOME UNRESOLVED ISSUES

L Reith

Disability Rights Bulletin, Summer 2002, p. 7-9

Considers the advantages and disadvantages of the new regime of tax credits, focusing on the childcare tax credit, and tax credit take up among ethnic minorities.

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