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The government pushed disabled people from Incapacity Benefit to a failing new ESA system against the wishes of their independent assessor, it is revealed today.
In 2008, the then Labour government introduced a new out of work sickness benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), to replace the old Incapacity Benefit (IB).
Around the time that Norman Tebbit made his famous comments about unemployed people getting on their bikes, my father was doing just that.
There are some politicians who, if given a choice between attacking powerful people and attacking vulnerable people, find it much easier to choose the latter.
Far-reaching proposals to force the long-term unemployed to work for their benefits were condemned yesterday by a church agency. Church Action on Poverty expressed concern that new welfare reforms would increase exclusion