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A GOVERNMENT crackdown on sickness benefits is set to get under way today.

The first letters are being sent out asking some of the 1.6million incapacity benefit claimants to submit to reassessments to decide whether they should continue to get paid.

By the end of the week, 7,000 people will have been contacted.

The move follows the publication of final results from trial assessments in Burnley and Aberdeen, which ministers said confirmed almost a third of claimants were fit for work.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: “The trial results show that, if replicated nationally, we could expect around half a million people to be found fit for work over the next three years.”