Despite all the distress and financial hardship caused by a malfunctioning assessment process, spending on the government’s main sickness and disability benefit is set to rise.
A slew of welfare stories this morning suggests the coalition is stumbling over its biggest bugbear: the benefits bill. Labour should play this carefully – in economic, not social, terms.
In an age of fiscal famine, the tax and spend policies of the past are no longer an option.
New figures show that there has been a 59 per cent increase in working people claiming housing benefit since 2010.
"The welfare state is a way of alleviating poverty but it cannot be our only means of creating a fairer economy."
Our research demonstrates that people aren’t ready for such significant upheaval.
The DWP's own study found that forcing claimants to do community work or attend daily jobcentre meetings made almost no difference to employment levels.
Conservative minister says policy was "never all about saving money" but just six per cent of tenants have downsized.
Just 6% of tenants affected have moved but the measure is saving money.
Unless the system itself is reformed, the sick and disabled will fare no better under a new provider.