Drug addicts could lose benefits
Drug addicts who refuse treatment could lose their benefits under controversial plans being considered by ministers.
A consultation paper on the new government’s drug strategy has suggested that benefit claimants with drug addictions might face sanctions if they fail to address their alcohol or drug problems.
The paper, published by the Home Office, asks respondents: ‘Should we be making more of the potential to use the benefit system to offer claimants a choice between: some form of financial benefit sanction, if they do not take action to address their drug or alcohol dependency; or additional support to take such steps, by tailoring the requirements placed upon them as a condition of benefit receipt to assist their recovery.’
A Home Office spokesperson said the suggestion was made as part of the ongoing consultation on the drugs strategy, which will launch later this year. Removing benefits from claimants with addictions was not yet official government policy, she said.