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'Bold' move on benefits.

INCAPACITY benefit must be subjected to "bold" reform so that it no longer represents a disincentive to get back to work, a government minister said today.

Work and Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson, who will later today unveil a package of reforms to the welfare state, said that the way the benefit is structured at present encourages recipients to "defend their incapacity".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have to look at a situation where we change this whole concept and look at the way the benefit militates against people returning to work.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 2, 2005
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