Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘fit for work’ tests are responsible for pushing disabled people into committing suicide, says Jeremy Corbyn.
Speaking to Channel 4, the Labour leadership front-runner said he had met many disabled people who had been subjected to fitness for work tests, otherwise known as the ‘Work Capability Assessment’ or WCA.
He added that some of those people were suffering from mental health conditions, and have taken their own life as a result of the humiliating and degrading medical assessments.
“I’ve met so many people with disabilities who’ve been through fitness for work tests where they’ve been approved as fit for work and clearly are not”, he said.
“Some are suffering mental health conditions. Some even commit suicide as a result of it.”
He added: “Most of them, I think in fact 60%, win appeals on this. So if 60% of decisions are being overturned on appeal, there’s something badly wrong with the decision-making in the first place.”
Jeremy Corbyn was responding to figures published last week by the Department for Work and Pensions, which revealed that more than 2,500 people had died after being told they were ‘fit for work’.
Mr Corbyn has called for Iain Duncan Smith to resign over the damning deaths figures.
A DWP spokesperson said: “It’s irresponsible to suggest a causal link between the death of an individual and their benefit claim”.
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