Monday, November 19, 2007

DWP sickness test

Today's DWP press release claims a new sickness test decreases worklessness. It says.

The new test, published today for the first time, is more robust, accurate and fairer. Fifty per cent of those who take the assessment will not pass it, meaning that 20,000 fewer people a year will enter ‘sickness’ benefits as a result, and will instead be given the support and skills they need to get a job.
What's the point of 50% not passing the test? Does that mean by default 50% are not sick? So the test knows before you probability to be sick or not. Magic.

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