Government to review helping benefit claimants back into work

  • The government has launched a review looking into ways to support benefit claimants with addictions and treatable conditions back into work. coinsblog.jpg

    Led by Professor Dame Carol Black, the inquiry will consider the case for linking people who are entitled to benefits with accepting appropriate treatment or support, reports 24dash.

    The review's remit includes:

    • Assessing the cost to taxpayers and the economy of worklessness resulting from obesity and addictions to drugs and alcohol
    • Assessing the role factors such as these may be playing in causing or perpetuating worklessness
    • Exploring the support provided by the existing benefit system and the incentives/barriers created, identify groups most at risk, and assess how government, employers and others can support people back in to work
    • Assessing the availability and cost-effectiveness of treatments and investigate work done internationally to ensure that benefit claimants get the help they need to get back to work.

    Prime Minister David Cameron, said: "Over the next five years I want to see many more people coming off of sick benefit and into work and Carol Black will report back to me on how best to achieve that."

    Professor Dame Carol Black said: "Addiction to drugs and alcohol, and in some cases extreme obesity, can have a profoundly damaging impact on people’s chances of taking up meaningful employment. By reviewing the support that is available here and abroad to people with these conditions, it is my hope that we can present a thorough analysis of the options available to government. I am looking forward to discussing these issues with as many people as possible with an interest in this area."

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