Good to see the government taking a strong line on drugged up beneficiaries, no doubt John Pagani will disagree with me at 11am:
Beneficiaries who refuse or fail drug tests while applying for jobs will have their welfare cut from mid-2013 under the Government’s next round of welfare reforms.
The National-led Government says there are now no consequences for drug-takers who opted out of job applications when faced with a drug test.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett told the Herald the new Welfare Reform Bill would have new requirements for drug testing, but the finer details were still being finalised.
National’s pre-election policy document said beneficiaries who did not apply for a job because a prospective employer asked them to take a drug test would have their benefit cancelled.
If they took the drug test and failed it, they would also be sanctioned.