Q&A: Incapacity benefits explained

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Ministers looking to make savings have set their sights on the bill for incapacity benefit - but how does the system work at present?

Some 2.6m people claim incapacity benefit, or its successor, the employment and support allowance, at an annual cost of about £12.5bn.

Chancellor George Osborne says that this amount could be cut, while protecting "those with genuine needs".

So what are the basics?

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