1 April 2008
What: James Purnell, Peter Hain’s successor as work and pensions secretary, tells the Liverpool Echo: “People who scrounge from the system take money away from legitimate [IB] claimants. Clearly we want to stop that.”
Why significant: Purnell was talking here about eventually retesting everyone on Incapacity Benefit through the new Work Capability Assessment – to be introduced for new claimants in October 2008. A further high-profile example of so-called benefit scrounger rhetoric from the highest levels of government.