Sick claimants to face ‘tough love’

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Sickness benefit will be stripped from claimants who refuse to get treatment for their problems under a crackdown to be tested in a £25m Government trial.

Ministers want to extend the concept of “conditionality” used to force the jobless to seek work to welfare payments for those with health complaints as well.

A series of pilots around the country for what is being touted as a “tough love” approach by Downing Street sources will be announced before Christmas.

Chancellor George Osborne is seeking ways to slash £10 billion more from the welfare budget by 2016/17 on top of £18 billion of cuts already announced.

Claimants would be expected to attend regular sessions with a health care professional who could require them to attend therapy.