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Drive to help sick back to work
Sight test
The scheme aims to help people on incapacity benefit into work
A government scheme designed to get people off incapacity benefit and into jobs is being expanded into Glasgow this month.

The city has among the highest percentage of people claiming incapacity benefit in the UK.

The Pathways to Work plan is gradually being introduced across the country.

Recent research suggested about 16% of the workforce in the Glasgow area are off sick and unable to work. However, doubts have been voiced about the plan.

Warning issued

New claimants for incapacity benefit will be assigned a personal adviser for regular interviews about work and will also get access to training courses.

They will be referred to NHS rehabilitation programmes so that they can learn to manage their health condition.

Measures will also include claimants already being paid the benefit.

Observers, however, have warned that - while many would be prepared to return to work - there must be sufficient job vacancies and these must be in the right places.

The city has a high level of incapacity benefit claimants

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