Stephen Timms
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Timms says job creation will reduce incapacity costs

More than 80,000 people in Britain claim incapacity benefit because they are alcoholics, drug addicts or obese, the government says.

The Department for Work and Pensions said more than a quarter of those had not worked for a decade.

Stephen Timms, the shadow work and pensions minister, says the high figures were not the fault of the previous government, and said creating jobs would help to reduce the number of incapacity benefit recipients.

  • 21 Apr 2011