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'Not surprising' that high proportion benefit claimants are able to work

'Not surprising' that high proportion benefit claimants are able to work

It is not surprising that the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) carried out by the UK government found a significant number of people on benefits are able to enter employment, according to one expert.

John Philpott, chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, was commenting after three-quarters of individuals applying for the new Employment and Support Allowance scheme were found to be fit to work.

He added the WCA is only the first stage of the process in the coalition's attempt to return people to the workplace.

"The key requirement is precisely to provide tailored help and support to claimants so that they are ready for work and able to remain in work," Mr Philpott stated.

He observed that putting pressure on citizens to find a job following a spell on benefits is unfair and may not prove to be effective.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics earlier this month found the rate of employment for 16 to 64-year-olds for the quarter to August this year was 70.7 per cent, representing a 0.2 per cent rise on the previous three-month period.

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