Defiant drug addicts could lose benefits
Drug addicts who refuse treatment could have their welfare benefits withdrawn, it has been reported.
The Home Office is said to be considering some form of “financial benefit sanction” for claimants who fail to address their drug or alcohol dependency.
It would mark the revival of a scheme planned by the previous Labour government aimed at helping get drug users back into work.
Social security advisors have warned such a move could drive addicts back into a life of crime.
The idea is said to be in a consultation paper on the Government’s drug strategy for England, Wales and Scotland. A spokesman for the Home Office was unable to comment on the proposal.
It comes amid government plans for wider shake-up of the welfare system to help save billions of pounds.