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900K Leave UK Disability Rolls In Face Of Tests

From the UK’s Telegraph:

900,000 choose to come off sickness benefit ahead of tests

By Patrick Hennessy | 30 March 2013

Nearly 900,000 people who were on incapacity benefit dropped their claim to the payments rather than undergo a tough medical test, latest government figures show.

The 878,300 who decided not to have an official assessment of whether they were fit for work was more than a third of the total number of people claiming sickness-related benefits.

Meanwhile, in our country, more than 99 percent of all SSDI beneficiaries remain in the program until retirement age.

The statistics also revealed that some claimants cited conditions such as “blisters,” “sprains and strains” and “acne” as preventing them from having a job.

And they were probably even lying about having blisters.

More than 46,120 people claimed incapacity benefit because of “behavioural disorders due to the use of alcohol” while 29,130 claimants cited drug use.

Just like in our country. Except that our numbers are many times higher. (And we spell behavioral without a ‘u.’)

Ministers said the figures showed the full extent of how millions had been “trapped on welfare” for decades…

Which is also true in our country. But that is the way the Democrats want it.

As well as the 878,300 who chose to drop their claims, another 837,000 who did take the a medical test were found to be fit to work immediately, while a further 367,300 were judged able to some level of work.

Only 232,000 (one in eight of those tested) were classified by doctors to be too ill to do any sort of job…

Wow. This test is curing more people than the water at Lourdes.

More than 2 million people who previously claimed sickness payments are gradually being assessed to determine whether they are eligible for the main incapacity benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

If they are not, and cannot find work, they have to claim the less generous Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)…

In other words, even if they get kicked off ‘disability,’ they are still going to get unemployment benefits. Which in the UK never run out.

Whew. We were worried there for a minute.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “900K Leave UK Disability Rolls In Face Of Tests”

  1. Astravogel says:

    That won’t happen here, as too many people depend upon
    ‘servicing’ these folks, and they’d lose their jobs if ever they
    left the rolls. Sorta like on the Sand Pebbles, each Chinese
    ’employee’ had their ‘rice bowl’ and you don’t mess with that!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I know a guy…was a neighbor of mine for awhile. Worked for the county school system doing building maintenance. Nice enough fellow. Shattered his ankle while on the job. He clears $4,000 a month in disability. Doesn’t work. Spends his days working on his vehicles and his boat or what-have-you. Occasionally mentions that he needs to sit down now and again or his ankle swells up.

    So….ok…..why can’t he answer phones or drive a vehicle or do data-entry or any one of millions of “cubicle-monkey” jobs?

    Well, the easy answer is that it’s just much easier to put in the effort to get the free stuff rather than actually use the money that would be sucked out of Social Security to pay for re-training, additional or supplemental training, etc.

    I guess the guy only has one skill, that being falling off of ladders. Like I said, nice enough guy but I’ve seen him do mechanical work, spray-painting and all kinds of things. If I knew it couldn’t be traced back to me, I’d turn the guy in and I’m STILL contemplating filing an anonymous complaint. Guy belongs in jail, actually. Hey…free meals…which is really what he’s after.

    I think he can be accommodated.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      OK….so I did a quick search and here’s the uptake on reporting fraud.

      This is the information they want:


      Social Security Fraud

      If you suspect Social Security fraud, contact our Office of Inspector General (OIG) using one of the following methods:

      Use our online Fraud Reporting form;
      Call the Fraud Hotline number at 1-800-269-0271 (TTY 1-866-501-2101) between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday;
      Fax us at: 410-597-0118 (standard long distance rates may apply); or
      Write to:

      Social Security OIG Hotline
      P.O. Box 17785
      Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7785.

      Social Security’s Office of Inspector General takes reports of fraud very seriously. Without sufficient identifying information, OIG will be unable to act on your allegation. Therefore, be sure to include as much of the following information as you can when you call:

      Name, address, telephone number, and Social Security number of the person suspected of fraud. Also include the individual’s date and place of birth, father’s name, and mother’s birth name, if known;
      A complete description of the potential fraud incident; and
      Your name, address, and telephone number.

      Um….if they take it so seriously, how can anyone report anybody if they need all that information? I know the guy’s name…and I actually have his phone number but….SSN? You’ve got to be kidding me. Father’s name? Mother’s birth name? Are you kidding. I realize it says, “If known” but….

      And you are NOT getting my name, address and phone number. Once an attorney (whose bread and butter comes from administering social security disability cases) hears about it, he’d be all over me like a bad paintjob. So….no. Naturally I’m pretty sure this is all by-design.

  3. USSFreedom says:

    Crackheads and drunks can get SS Disabilty.

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