News round up: Unlimited unpaid work or we cut your benefits
There's an interesting new twist in the push and pull politics trying to shape the new Welfare Reform Bill this week.
Mental health professionals and charities are worried about how some long-term sick and disabled people could be forced to work unpaid for an unlimited amount of time else have their benefits cut under plans being drawn up by the Department for Work and Pensions.
It is feared by campaigners that those deemed fit to undertake limited amounts of work under the controversial Work Capability Assessment could suffer further harm to their health if the plans go ahead.
The Guardian reports that ministers feel sanctions are an incentive for people to comply with their responsibility.
Elsewhere in the news:
Progressive blindness cases to rise by a third in a decade - The Independent
Blind paralympian Sue-Ellen Lovett asked to leave restaurants because of guide dog - The Daily Telegraph