Independentreview into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction
, and obesity: call for evidence
The government has commissioned Professor Dame Carol Black
to undertake an independent review into how best to support
benefit claimants with potentially treatable conditions, such as
obesity or addictions to drugs and alcohol, back into work.
The review will consider the evidence and provide the government with a thorough analysis of the options available to support more people suffering from long-term
treatable conditions back into work.
This call for evidence will be one of several methods used to
gather information. Evidence submitted will be used to inform a
final independent report for the government.
Independent review: terms of reference
The purpose of the review is to consider how best to support those
suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions back into work or to
remain in work.
The review will primarily consider individuals with the following long-term
yet treatable conditions: obesity, alcohol addiction and drug addiction. It
will consider the holistic needs of these individuals including the effects of
multiple health conditions and other barriers to work.
The review aims to:
• Establish the role which such treatable conditions play in causing
worklessness and estimate the associated cost to the Exchequer and the
• Understand the characteristics (including overlapping conditions and
other disadvantages) of individuals and the pathways they take through
the healthcare and welfare systems and the roles played by providers and
employers in these pathways
• Consider also the group(s) most at risk of becoming workless through
treatable conditions in future and the support available to them, including
incentives on employers