Drug Addicts and Alcoholics will lose sickness benefits if not seeking treatment
- 07 Nov
Sickness benefit will be stripped from claimants who refuse to get treatment for their problems under a crackdown to be tested in a £25 million Government trial.
In order to cut down on the welfare budget, the government will launch a benefit crackdown as part of the 'tough love' approach to benefit claimants, saying people with health complaints need to take practical steps to improve their health.
Currently anyone claiming sickness benefit has to obtain medical evidence to prove they are entitled to claim but ministers want to extend the concept of 'conditionality' used to force the jobless to seek work to welfare payments for those with health complaints as well.
Under the new rules, claimants with a treatable ailment or addiction would be expected to attend regular sessions with a health care professional who could require them to attend therapy and other treatments to help them recover. .
The official details will be announced by Mark Hoban, Work and Pensions minister, before Christmas, and as yet we are unsure what conditions will be included but drug and alcohol dependency have been mentioned.
Around 77,000 people claim sickness benefit due to drug or alcohol dependency meaning they are unable to work; No. 10 suggested drug and alcohol addicts who failed to attend rehab courses would be among the in the initial trials.
A Government source said:
This is a tough love approach towards our aim of ending the something for nothing culture in benefits.
It's right that we provide support for people in need, but we should also expect something back in return.
We are already helping people back into work through unemployment benefit conditionality. Now we are looking at transferring that principle to sickness benefits, so that for those people who are sick but able to take practical steps to improve their health, the benefits system encourages them to get better.
Britain's welfare budget is over £200billion. Chancellor George Osborne is seeking ways to slash a further £10billion from the welfare budget by 2016-17 on top of £18billion of cuts already announced.
- 24 Jul
Closure of London substance misuse clinic
Over the past two years the clinic has lost around £600,000 a year which renders the service "financially unviable". Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch told the July board meeting that, while she...
- 30 Apr
Young people being treated for substance abuse
Freedom of Information requests have revealed hundreds of young people are at risk of becoming addicts or have begun abusing alcohol and substances themselves, leaving many charities requesting...
- 28 Feb
Legal highs summit to be held by government
Norman Baker, the Home Office minister, has said that the substances were a "very serious issues" for public health. He added that they were dangerous as people buying the hallucinogenic drugs did...
- 21 Nov
OECD: Antidepressant use on the rise
Figures show that doctors in countries with more wealth are writing prescriptions for more than one in ten adults. Iceland, Australia, Canada and other European Nordic countries are leading the way,...
- 30 Sep
NHS could supply drugs to addicts says UK police chief
Mike Barton, one of England's most senior police officers, has called for class-A drugs to be decriminalised and for the policy of outright prohibition to be radically revised, reports the...
- 19 Aug
Chief Medical Officer Says Drug Addiction Is Not A Criminal Issue
She said:"Of course it's a medical problem, I mean addiction is a medical problem, and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice...
- 13 Aug
'Smart Drug' Fears Expected As A Result Of Rise In ADHD Prescriptions
Officials at the watchdog said:"Health workers should carefully monitor the drugs because they have a potential for diversion or misuse."There has been a 56% rise in the administered prescriptions...
- 25 Jul
Local resident supports people suffering with drug and alcohol addiction
Dave Guy is a founding member of Marah, a Christian charitable organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised adults in the Stroud District, helping them to move on from their...
- 22 Jul
Substance Misuse Service Raises Awareness
Rotherham's 'Know the Score' provides drug treatment and relapse prevention for children and young people up to the age of 19 who have problematic drug and alcohol use. The service is multi-agency...
- 02 Jul
Salvation Army Plan to Tackle Substace Misuse
The Salvation Army today announced an expansion of their social work, to increase outreach work to support communities with alcohol dependency and its effects on health, families and futures.The...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Information on Exempt Accommodation & DWP Review was very informative, but also commend your approach in delivering workshops/conferences in a proactive way, and use of email and your website as a public resource" P.C. - The Hyde Group