Wedneday’s question...

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CITIZENS advice staff have seen a dramatic rise in pleas for help from people who are to lose sickness benefits under new “much tougher” Government rules.

And those ruled as being fit for the jobs market included one Hartlepool woman with “severe” back problems who had several plates attached to her spine, while another was a man from the town with acute depression and anxiety.

Hartlepool Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) says at least 10 people a week are contacting them after failing medicals for the all new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which is replacing the Government’s old Incapacity Benefit.

Today we ask: Should a person’s eligibility to work be calculated on a points basis?