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Welfare in UK – Compulsory treatment for depression would come

Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, under radical plans being drawn up by ministers.

Existing welfare rules mean it is not possible to require claimants to have treatment, such as therapy or counselling, as a condition of receiving sickness benefits.

Senior ministers now believe the rules should be reviewed in order to reduce the “huge” numbers of people who are declared unfit for work due to mental health problems.

The first moves towards potential reform are expected in a series of pilot schemes to be launched within weeks.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression – Telegraph.

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