The Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has praised his party's welfare reforms after new figures revealed that nearly a million people had dropped their claims for incapacity benefit.
New figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions showed that 878,300 people dropped their claims rather than face the new medical tests introduced by the coalition.
"Our reforms are about freeing people from a system of dependency that's trapped them and their families for decades - and people are getting back into work as a result," said Mr Shapps.
“These figures demonstrate how the welfare system was broken under labour and why our reforms are so important.”
George Osborne has accused the Government's welfare reform critics of talking "ill-informed rubbish."
Find out more about the raft of changes to the welfare benefits system that began to come into force from the 1 April.
The government has been forced to defend its changes to the benefits system after prominent church leaders claimed they were 'unjust'.