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They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab, I Said – “Oh, Okay Then.” January 13, 2010

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From Spring, Londoner’s signing on at their local job centre may be asked to take a drug tests – and if they refuse it, could face losing their income support for up to 26 weeks.

The government trial means job centre staff will be allowed to access the records of people who have been arrested for drug abuse or who have entered rehabilitation programs.  It also means job seekers wishing to claim benefits will be expected to declare in their interviews whether or not they have a drugs issue.  If job centre staff suspect a claimant to be abusing drugs, they will be asked to undertake an assessment, or even put into rehab.  A refusal could mean a withdrawal of financial support.

It is estimated that there are 100,000 “problem drug users” who claim benefits but are not in treatment.  The pilot scheme, which could later be rolled out across the country, will initially cover heroin and crack cocaine users, but may later be expanded to include alcohol abuse.  As long as those afflicted maintain their treatment, they will receive an allowance that will be paid for up to 12 months after they begin rehab.

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