(Original post by badcheesecrispy)
More than a thousand *sickness benefit claimants died last year after being told to get a job, we can reveal.
We've highlighted worries about the controversial medical tests for people claiming Employment Support Allowance which are being used to slash the country's welfare bill.
The Government has boasted that more than half of new *claimants are found "fit to work" - failing to mention that over 300,000 have appealed the decision and almost 40% have won.
Instead, employment minister Chris Grayling (below) says this "emphasises what a complete waste of human lives the current system has been".
We've used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that, between January and August last year, 1,100 claimants died after they were put in the "work-related activity group".
This group - which accounted for 21% of all claimants at the last count - get a lower rate of benefit for one year and are expected to go out and find work.
This compares to 5,300 deaths of people who were put in the "support group" - which accounts for 22% of claimants - for the most unwell, who get the full, no-strings benefit of up to £99.85 a week.
We don't know how many people died after being found "fit to work", the third group, as that information was "not available".
But we have also found that 1,600 people died before their assessment had been completed.
This should take 13 weeks, while the claimant gets a reduced payment of up to £67.50 a week, but delays have led to claims the system is in "meltdown".
Mr Grayling admitted last month that 35,000 people are waiting longer than 13 weeks. Commenting on the deaths of *claimants, a Department for Work and Pensions official said: "It is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then *subsequently died, meaning that these figures may be *overestimating the true picture."
Of course, they're bound to include some people who died of *something completely unrelated to their benefit claim.
This makes me feel sick. And anyone who agrees ill people should be left to die so they can save a few quid a week are likewise, sick. I am a taxpayer who works hard and this disgusts me. I want my taxes helping people who need it. This government are taking the piss more and more every single week. They need a kick up the backside by a big working class size 10.