12 April 2002
New more flexible rules could help up to 70,000 people on incapacity benefits get back to work, the Government claims.
From now anyone claiming incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or income support because of their incapacity will be able to:
work for up to 52 weeks, for less than 16 hours each week, with earnings up to £66, or
work and earn up to £20 a week for as long as they remain on benefit, or
work and earn up to £66 a week for as long as they remain on benefit, where there is an ongoing link with a professional case worker.
Work Minister Nick Brown said, "We want to give people on these benefits the opportunity to ease their way back into work. Under the old rules, people would have to show that the work would be beneficial to their medical condition. That was sometimes difficult to prove".