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Month: February 2019

The fit-for-work scandal

Posted in General

After a picture of 64-year-old Stephen Smith’s emaciated frame went viral, the Department for Work and Pensions apologised for passing him fit to work. It was the latest example of how reforms to disability benefits are hitting some of Britain’s most disadvantaged people. The Guardian’s Patrick Butler explains how we got here. Plus: Polly Toynbee welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s move towards backing a new Brexit referendum