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Welfare Reform Act 2009

Voluntary and mandatory rehabilitation plans

322.Paragraph 5 provides a regulation-making power providing for claimants to have the jobseeking conditions suspended and to receive a treatment allowance when they are prepared to agree to receive treatment in accordance with a voluntary rehabilitation plan. Paragraph 6 provides regulation-making powers in respect of problem drug users who do not agree to receive treatment in accordance with a voluntary rehabilitation plan. This group will be required to comply with a mandatory rehabilitation plan.

323.The mandatory rehabilitation plans ensure that all identified problem drug users who do not voluntarily sign up to a rehabilitation plan and treatment are required to comply with a mandatory education programme. Sub-paragraph (6) provides for the agreement, form, signature, review, variation and revocation of rehabilitation plans. Sub-paragraph (7) provides that a person is not required to submit to certain types of treatment without consent. Regulations may also be made which will require claimants to provide information or evidence about their compliance with the plan.

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