Chris Grayling aims to get 1.25 million people on incapacity benefits into work
Chris Grayling has today stated that he hopes that ‘at least half‘ of those currently claiming incapacity benefits will move back into work as a result of the Government’s welfare reforms. This is an optimistic ambition which will involve around 1.25 million people moving from years on incapacity benefits into jobs over the course of this parliament.
The OBR’s (optimistic) forecast is that employment will increase by 2 million over the next 5 years. So, either Chris Grayling is predicting that 63 per cent of those jobs will be taken by people who are currently claiming incapacity benefits (many of whom have serious health conditions, have low skills and have spent years out of the labour market) or his own growth projections surpass those of the OBR. Watch this space.