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David Cameron to announce measures to help sick people back to work

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The Prime Minister David Cameron has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, an advisor to the Department of Health, to assess ways of helping people on incapacity benefits to get back in to work.

This includes people with obesity, and drug or alcohol addiction. Claimants of benefits are currently offered courses and treatment to help with their conditions but there is no legal obligation to accept the help.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions, there are 90,000 people in the UK claiming incapacity benefits due to drug and alcohol addiction and nearly 2000 claiming benefits due to weight problems.

Dame Carol Black says: “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.”

The Prime Minister says: “We must look at what we do when people simply say no thanks and refuse that help but expect taxpayers to carry on funding their benefits.

“Over the next five years I want to see many more people coming off sick benefit and into work.”

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