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Over 80,000 people are claiming incapacity benefit due to obesity and alcohol/drug related dependency.
Say their each receiving £75 a week. That equals 75 x 80K = £6 million per week = £312 million a year.
Total annual incapacity benefit bill to the treasury is currently more than £7 billion with over 2 million claimants (nearly 3% of the population)
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how can anyone support a habit on £75 per week, I have enough trouble getting to the end of each month on a salary!
It all makes for great headlines, but they don't seem to come up with any joined up answers to the problem.
If someone is alcoholic or a drug addict they can't hold down a job for any length of time.
If you cut their benefits you will see an increase in crime with a subsequent rise in prison population and policing costs.
Getting them on treatment plans seems like a sensible option.. only most of those are being cut and they are probebly more expensive than just paying the benefits.
Planning developers now have to pay for environmental mitigation and providing green openspace with new developments that they build.
I would like to see mitigation costs put on food/drink manufacturers, for the damage to public health.
Obesity clinics sponsored by Coca Cola, there's a thought...
Well said lobsterboy - its easy to criticise those with addiction, but regardless of the popular myth addiction is an illness and stopping alcohol or drug addiction is a damn site harder than is often given credit for.
You are your brother's keeper.
Quote: You are your brother's keeper.
Who told you about that? We never talk about it.
Ok so we keep my brother in the cupboard under the stairs, but he is perfectly happy there honest.
lobsterboy, I hope you are not claiming benefits for him, because if he is under the stairs, in your secret dark-room, developing your films, then he is gainfully employed. I will not snitch on you if I can send my films for developing at a price 20p cheaper than the local chemist's shop.
Why not - since I went digital he has been complaining about being bored. I have tried him on photoshop but his claws just don't seem to be able to work the mouse.
Quote: how can anyone support a habit on £75 per week, I have enough trouble getting to the end of each month on a salary!
I expect claimants will get other add-on benefits.....council tax, free prescriptions, school meals, rent paid etc.
Quote: I expect claimants will get other add-on benefits.....council tax, free prescriptions, school meals, rent paid etc
If your only on incapacity benefit your not entitled to other benefits like free prescription's as it's not a means tested benefit.
You would need to put in a separate claim for income support to get the other benefits.
Quote: Over 80,000 people are claiming incapacity benefit due to obesity and alcohol/drug related dependency.
there are also thousands more with these "Illnesses" that get no help at all
The benefit system seems so complicated I'm surprised anyone can fiddle it :O
I don't know all that much about the benefits system - except that I've spent my entire working life paying for other people's benefits.
I'm sure they are all ever so deserving!!!
Don't tar everyone with the same brush, I am recovering from mental health issues and have been claiming Incapacity Benefit for 3 years after having a breakdown, photography has been the one thing that has stopped me going right over the edge.
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