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Drug testing of beneficiaries will come into force next year, with penalties for those who fail tests - including having to reimburse the cost of the test and having welfare payments stopped.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced pre-employment drug testing will take effect from next July and beneficiaries with work expectations will face sanctions if they refuse to apply for drug-tested jobs.

Around 40 per cent of the jobs listed with Work and Income require drug tests and the policy will apply only to those with a work expectation attached to their benefit and only for available work opportunities requiring drug tests.

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"What I am opposed to is the waste of money on drug testing when Ms Bennett continues to ignore putting recommendations on tackling child poverty in place."


"It is not an infringement of rights to offer them a freebie if they confirm they aren't breaking the law."

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