# Monday, March 29, 2010

People who claim they are too sick to work could soon have to prove it under a new scheme. The scheme which is currently being piloted in Greater Manchester would see benefits claimants being sent to their GP for fitness tests. They would have to perform tests such as climbing stairs and picking up objects. It has already been used on some claimants and 70% have actually been deemed fit enough to work. Those who are deemed fit enough to work would lose up to £30 a week from their weekly benefits. It is hoped the scheme will help to get more people off welfare and into work.