Work assessments for the disabled have improved "considerably" and are much more "accurate", the Department for Work and Pensions said today, after the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral urged the Prime Minister to axe the tests.
A department spokesperson said:
It is important we don't simply write-off people who have a health condition or disability. The old incapacity benefits system condemned too many people to a life on benefits with little hope of moving back to work.
Now people who can work will be given help to find a job while those who need unconditional support will get it.
The Dean of St Paul's Cathedral has signed a letter to David Cameron urging the Prime Minister to axe work assessments for the disabled which can "cut short their lives".
The Very Rev Dr David Ison joined campaigners demanding an end to the controversial work capability assessments (WCA) which "demean and distress" disabled people.
Addressed to the Prime Minister, the letter states: "Since your Government came to power, cuts have meant that disabled people are paying back nine times more than non-disabled people and those with the highest support needs are paying back nineteen times more."
"The support needs of complex disabilities and mental health issues cannot be assessed by a tick-box system".