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.