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Complainant Name:
Full Fact

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Patrick Casey of Full Fact complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccuracies in relation to a pilot study of how welfare reforms will affect current incapacity benefit claimants. In particular, the complainant was concerned that the newspaper had overstated the proportion of claimants who had been found "fit to work" by the study.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper and amendment of the article online:

Benefit Claimants

In common with other newspapers, an article on 11 February reported official Department for Work and Pensions figures which suggested that 68 per cent of incapacity claimants were receiving benefits despite being fit for work. While 29 per cent were found fit for work straight away, the other 39 per cent were assessed as being unable to work now but able to work in the foreseeable future. We are happy to clarify the position.

Date Published: 03/06/2011

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