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Incapacity benefit claimants reassessed

Incapacity benefit claimants in north-east Scotland and Burnley in Lancashire are to be the first to be reassessed ahead of UK-wide welfare reform.

Those deemed fit enough to work, using a points-based system, will be moved to the jobseeker's allowance.

More than 2.5m people claim the benefit or its successor, employment support allowance, costing £12.5bn yearly.

Graham Satchell reports.

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