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Social Security Benefits: Reform

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of drug users who would be liable to be required to (a) answer questions, (b) undertake substance-related assessment, (c) undertake relevant tasks and (d) undertake rehabilitation plans under the provisions of Schedule 1(a) of the Welfare Reform Bill during the first full year following its entry into force. (256245)

We expect approximately 15 to 20 per cent. of new problem drug user claimants to flow through the pilots. This equates to 2,500-3,500 problem drug users each year. It is anticipated that a significant number of this group will participate in the key components of the new employment and support programme.