From the BBC website, 15 March 2012 These are really important, and rather shocking figures. Previous data has been for new applicants, who would be expected to have a higher rejection rate. All these claimants have previously been awarded Incapacity Benefit on the gounds of proven ill-health. Some would be expected to recover, but not on this scale. Note that for the 34% on the 'back to work programme' (who are deemed not yet to be well enough to work) payment automatically stops after 12 months regardless of health. So one year on, only 29% of those on Incapacity Benefit will still be receiving benefit. A huge saving for the state, but potentially a disaster for many ill patients. A previous study looking at those who were deemed well enough to work found most were not working, and the main reason for not working (even though they no longer received any benefits) was 'too ill to work'.