Talking to someone today who says that it's "possible" that in tomorrow's budget there will be a change in that after 6 months of being unemployed claimants will receive food/heat/clothes/(school)book vouchers etc instead of cash. The reason being of course that these vouchers will be used as intended (to support someone down on their luck) but remove abuse of the system such as spending welfare on drink/drugs etc.
This is what happens in the US and other countries, and on paper it makes sense... I believe that there maybe some other "rebate" aspect to it by which claimants can apply for a rebate on sanctioned items in addition to vouchered items.
Works successfully in other countries, encourages people to find work, and reduces the social welfare bill.
Could it work here?