Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Unemployed to Be Forced to Take Drug and Alchool Tests.

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Don’t Forget to Bring These!

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…


It’s been reported (here) that the DWP will soon (if the law passes) be able to order compulsory drug and alcohol tests on those singing-on. The aim? To force anyone they consider an addict or an alcoholic to undergo rehabilitation. Usual bean-bags and people hectoring you (perhaps A4e will get the contracts?).  Otherwise: no Dole.


Giving these powers to your local Job Centre is not a good idea.


Apart from the massive intrusion into people’s lives, it will lead to all kinds of front-desk rows. Plus more people begging in the streets.

Now many of us find addicts a pretty severe problem. But this is not the way to get round it. They need real treatment. As Campaigning Groups like Release (which does a good job) say. Not anything that’s a version of the New Deal (the likely offer).

It makes me want to turn up with a four-pack of Tennent’s Super, a Bottle of Vodka and sniff some Talcum Powder (JSA does  not extend to the price of real Coke!).

Written by Andrew Coates

September 29, 2009 at 9:26 am

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  1. I will actively refuse any drug or alcohol test requested.

    Flexible New Deal

    September 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm

  2. Like everything else this all depends just how it’s going to be implemented on the ground,(so if its like anything else this government dreampt up expect a disaster). But I have to say I am not against the idea as I think this is going to force a lot of people finnaly to confront their habits, and if this works in the long term will save a lot of lives. On the drugs front all the leading addicts I was at school with are now either dead through ODing or murderd (all bar one who fell in with some rich buisnessman’s daughter who looks after him but his head has gone completely so can’t function un aided). On the Drink front I know some people who are signing on available for work but have to start the day with a bottle of scotch just to function and others that can’t even do a days work on the side as they start shaking as dinner time pub opening approaches then are useless after that, you can’t tell me that DSS drink/drug tests are going to be worse than being stuck like that for the rest of your days?

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

  3. I appreciate your comments Lowestoft. I have very deep personal reasons to dislike the effects of hard drugs on people’s lives.

    As for alchool, maybe, but, how does anyone afford Scotch in the morning and the pub every day when they’re on the Dole?

    My point is that these schemes will not solve the problems of those who’ve gone that far.

    Have the solved unemployment with the New Deal?

    Andrew Coates

    October 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

    • but, how does anyone afford Scotch in the morning and the pub every day when they’re on the Dole?
      If only I knew !!! (though to be fair this reffers to two seperate individuals not the same person). Though nobody can figure how they manage to fund this, as it’s not that they have just been made redundant and have decided to drink their redundancy away, they have been drinking stuck like this for years but we suspect that it isn’t from working on the side as we have witnessed first hand that they genuinly can’t do even a day’s work thanks to the level of their alcoholism, It must be said that they must have to spend the equivelent of their whole JSA on booze alone just to keep topped up as they have developed such a tolerence strictly speaking they can’t get drunk any more its more a matter of drinking to keep the withdrawl symptoms away, the saddest thing is it makes them miserable as hell on top of things they don’t briefly get happy its nothing like the rare occasion you or me see some mates and have a skin full. I know they say some people can manage ok on the dole, but this is ridioulous, clearly Lowestoft’s finnest needs bringinging into the loop here…all toughts ideas kindly recieved….”There’s a hole in my Giro, my Giro , my Giro etc”.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      October 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    • Have [they] solved unemployment with the New Deal? >> Nope.

      Flexible New Deal

      October 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  4. Chris

    October 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm

  5. thought you might like to read this article from a local newspaper in my area:



    October 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    • look at that.what were the job centre thinking to allow this to happen.

      this behavior underlines the job centres complete disinterest in their “customers” welfare and total disregard for human rights,being ordered out onto the street. the humiliation is an understatement .they should have refused to allow this to happen without proper facilities and “pertemps” should have made those.”on the cheap” is an understatement.


      October 14, 2009 at 12:25 am

  6. Chris this deserves wider publicity.

    Andrew Coates

    October 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

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