Benefit reform green paper due

New measures to help people on incapacity benefit back to work will be introduced in a green paper later this month, the government said yesterday.

Reform will introduce a “something for something” approach, said work and pensions secretary John Hutton.

He hinted that the voluntary Pathways pilots, introduced in 2002 to offer incentives for claimants to return to work, could be made compulsory.

The private and voluntary sector will be involved in schemes to find work for claimants, according to Hutton.

The green paper will also include proposals to help lone parents and older people find work and reform of housing benefit.


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