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Unemployed: Drugs

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what programmes his Department has to assist problem drug users to obtain jobs. (252131)

Problem drug users on jobseekers allowance and incapacity benefit/employment and support allowance have access to mainstream employment programmes through the New Deals and Pathways to Work. In addition, recovering drug users have voluntary access to the Department's progress2work programme which supports around 12,500 people each year.

The Welfare Reform Bill includes provisions to introduce a new regime for problem drug users. This includes a new mandatory programme which will support problem drug users to make progress in addressing their drug use and any other barriers to work that they face.