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No one written off?:welfare, work and problem drug use

Grover, Christopher and Paylor, Ian (2010) No one written off?:welfare, work and problem drug use. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17 (4). pp. 315-332.

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Abstract

The welfare ‘reform’ Green Paper, No one written off, outlined a range of proposals related to getting problem drug users into treatment as a first step to getting such people into paid work. This article outlines and critically engages with the contents of No one written off, particularly those aspects associated with the proposed introduction of a new social security benefit–a treatment allowance–for problem drug users. The article locates the proposed changes to income maintenance policy for problem drug users in Labour's concern with the behaviour of those people it defines as deviant and/or irresponsible. The article argues that because of the level of coercion proposed in the changes, they have the potential to impoverish further problem users. This, along with the pathologizing of problem drug users, means the proposals are likely to have little effect in getting problem users into either drug treatment programmes or paid work.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 50679
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2011 13:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50679

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