Nacro’s response to an independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
NACRO
Publisher
NACRO
Date of publication
23 September 2015
Subject(s)
Employment, Substance Misuse
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Nacro welcomes the renewed emphasis on helping people address their substance misuse whilst moving into recovery to lead fulfilling lives. It is aptly timed to coincide with International Recovery Month which provides an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of addiction. However, Nacro has serious concerns on the core proposal to link welfare conditionality to drug and alcohol treatment.

In 2014, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) report showed that in 2013 1.4% (68,420) of claimants received benefits due to drug misuse, whilst 2.2% of claimants (107,760) received benefits due to alcohol use which totals 176,180 claimants.

In this consultation response, Nacro has focused on the questions which are most pertinent to its work, and on the potential impact that the review will have on its ability to support drug user’s recovery.

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