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the downloaded Sheffield report and the Bloomberg writer's commentary certainly do make the point that the buckets each country collect their data in vary from each other.  And I would agree that this is an issue, and it's very likely a good portion of this "incapacity benefit" group should be added to the UK numbers.  

i did also note in an above longer post that there may be the potential for a "welfare fraud" (that the US and some others have had over the years), as it appears for certain people this IB benefit could be a pretty good deal.  However, as I noted above, I'm still reading the article, and perhaps this is addressed deeper in the piece.

by wchurchill on Sun Oct 23rd, 2005 at 06:30:19 PM EST

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