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Obese ordered ‘lose weight or lose benefits’ if Tories win the General Election

Fat people will be told “lose weight or lose benefits” if the Tories win the election.

David Cameron’s latest attack will target 100,000 people who claim for “treatable conditions” including obesity and drug or alcohol addiction.


He wants to axe their benefits if they refuse treatment as part of a £12billion raid on welfare.

The Tories think the move will win votes.

But critics say people on sickness benefit are among the most vulnerable and should not be stripped of money they need to survive.

The PM said: “Too many people are stuck on sickness benefits because of issues that could be addressed.

“Some have drug or alcohol problems but refuse treatment. In other cases people have problems with weight that could be addressed – but instead a life on benefits rather than work becomes the choice.

“It is not fair to ask hard-working taxpayers to fund the benefits of people who refuse support and treatment that could get them back to work.”

The Tories’ previous benefit cuts have seen thousands cruelly stripped of vital cash.

Last year Lib Dem Health Minister Norman Lamb warned that although depression was classed as “treatable” , simply frogmarching people into therapy would not help.

He added: “ You need someone to go in willingly.”

But the Tories want to press ahead and have asked NHS adviser Dame Carol Black to draw up detailed proposals of how to “incentivise” people.

She said: “I am deeply ­interested in trying to overcome the challenges these types of benefit claimants pose.

“These people, in addition to their long-term conditions and lifestyle issues, suffer the great disadvantage of not being engaged in the world of work, which is such an important feature of society.”

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