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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Disgraceful! The myth that criminals are claiming sickness benefits

Disgraceful! The myth that criminals are claiming sickness benefits | Sue Marsh | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: Stooping to new lows in the defamation of those with long-term illnesses or disabilities, the Daily Mail ran an article over the weekend claiming that "a quarter of those claiming sickness benefits have a criminal record". Chris Grayling, the Conservative employment minister, called it a "truly alarming discovery".

Only it wasn't alarming at all. It was the same as the figure for criminal records among the general working age population ...
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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