Drug addicts to get thousands of pounds to help them hold down a job

Recovering addicts will get thousands of pounds in aid to help them hold down a job

It will pay for special equipment or back-up for those whose rehab might create an obstacle to work – and risk them returning to dependency.

Voice recognition equipment will be installed for those whose treatment causes their hands to shake and making it difficult for them to type.

Ministers hope that giving them targeted support in the same way as people with disabilities will help break the link between addiction and unemployment.

Last month the government raised the maximum amount that people can apply for to improve access to work to £60,000 – up 40 per cent in two years.

INCENTIVES FOR ADDICTS

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Drug and alcohol dependency can have a devastating impact on families and is a major barrier to work.

“But by helping people help themselves we can make sure that once former addicts are in a job, they are able to stay there and make a really meaningful contribution to the workplace and society.

“Not only will they not be on benefits any more, but they’ll have a much better quality of life.

“Employment should be at the centre of the recovery journey, and with our support more employers can benefit from the valuable skills people who have struggled with addiction have to offer while giving someone a real chance to rebuild their life.”

Many people avoid seeking treatment for drug or booze addiction because they fear it could hurt their career or prevent them from getting a job.

The government hopes that extending the scheme will provide a fresh incentive for addicts to undergo rehab.

Minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson said: “We know that people recovering from addiction who are unemployed face an increased risk of returning to old habits.

“A person’s success in life should be determined by their work and talent, not by their background.

“Access to work breaks down barriers to work and ensures that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits the right job can bring.”