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The letter from JS, in The Star on Saturday, suggests someone is paranoid about the Department of Work and Pension.

Does JS think everyone should be able to claim without a medical examination?

The fact is that this particular system, like much of the benefit system in general, is too lax and that is why the number of people claiming to be disabled and or sick has rocketed in the last 20 years.

There are many people who are genuinely sick or disabled, but there are also many who are exaggerating their incapacity. For example, what about the man, in Sheffield, who has claimed incapacity benefit for many years and yet he plays golf every day of the year, in all weathers, carting his golf bag up hill and down dale?

Surely he must be capable of some type of work.

Or there is the Sheffield man who receives higher rate care DLA because he needs care and attention day and night, due to his depression.

But somehow, he manages to find his way to Thailand, several times a year, where he has a Thai bride and child, much younger than him, I imagine, as he is middle-aged.

There are many more like this, because the system works in their favour.

The appeal tribunals are manned by lay people, not by medical people, which perhaps explains why so many appeals are won.

Amazingly, if the DWP’s fraud investigators find someone working while he or she is claiming to be sick and that person appeals against their benefit being stopped, the DWP is not allowed to tell the appeal tribunal of that fact.

So, the claimant becomes the old soldier at the tribunal and, hey presto, the benefit has to be reinstated.

If JS has seen videos on the news of people pretending to be disabled, I’m sure that deep down he or she knows that these checks have to be made.

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