House of Lords written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 October (WA 112), given that the review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse indicated that almost 75 per cent of those alcoholic clients who participated in the United Kingdom alcohol treatment trials did not show a successful outcome, whether they will institute research into the proportion and amount of social security benefits expended by alcohol dependent claimants on their addiction.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The department has no plans to research the proportion and amount of benefits spent by claimants on alcohol.

While a person's addiction may have led to unemployment or may have caused or exacerbated a medical condition, benefit payments are never made, or paid at an increased rate, solely because a person is dependent on alcohol.

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