380 people claiming incapacity benefits in North Devon and Torridge deemed 'fit to work'
A quarter of all people claiming incapacity benefits in Torridge and 30 per cent of people claiming the support in North Devon have been re-assessed and found to be fit to work.
Figures which show the outcome of incapacity benefits re-assessments since 2010 have been released this week and show how 240 of 790 claimants in North Devon were found to be capable of working.
In Torridge 140 of 540 claimants assessed were found to be fit for work.
Those people who have been assessed as capable of working are now no longer eligible for sickness benefits and will get long term help from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme to find a job which is right for them.
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In North Devon and Torridge combined there are 360 people who receive unconditional support as they are too ill or disabled to work.
A total of 600 people across the two authorities were found to be too ill or disabled to work they were when assessed, but are expected to eventually return to employment.
Nationally more than 603,000 people have had their claims re-assessed since 2010 and almost 180,000 of them, around a third, were found to be claiming the support when they were capable of supporting themselves through work.
A further 120 people across North Devon are still waiting for their claims to go through the re-assessment program.
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