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£40M EMPLOYMENT DRIVE TO HELP TACKLE DRUGS MISUSE

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The government is putting£40m into helping drugs misusers find ...
The government is putting£40m into helping drugs misusers find

employment, and has today begun tendering for organisations to run

the specialist support part of the scheme in 31 pathfinder areas

throughout the country.

Work minister Nick Brown said the 'progress2work' initiative, set up

by the employment service with experts in the drugs misuse sector,

will give advice and support to help people get and keep work and

lead more constructive lives. Tendering will begin today with

advertisements running in national newspapers.

Mr Brown said:

'We know that drugs misuse is a major barrier to employment - and

that lack of work contributes to drugs misuse. We want to break this

destructive cycle and help people get back into stable, drug-free

lives, where they can become more independent and contribute to their

communities. This will support the government's 10-year strategy to

beat drugs misuse.

'Every time this scheme helps someone into work and off drugs, we

take another step on the road to beating crime, improving health,

boosting our communities and tackling social exclusion.'

The initiative will provide£40m over three years, and contracts for

the specialist support part of the scheme are expected to be signed

for each of the areas by the end of October. As well as offering

employment advice and support to those who have been through

treatment and are recovering, progress2work will also seek to help

current users find work and get the right help in ridding themselves

of drug use.

The initiative will offer a dedicated drugs and employment

co-ordinator in each ES district to ensure that all relevant local

organisations work together. In the second year it will also offer

more intensive help for those at a difficult stage of tackling their

drugs misuse.

Notes

1. progress2work will initially run in the following 31 pathfinder

areas:

Scotland: - Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Bute; Fife; Glasgow North;

Glasgow South; Tayside

Wales: Bridgend and Glamorgan Valleys (Rhondda Cynon Taff);

Swansea (Neath and Port Talbot); North West Wales

East Midlands & Eastern: Greater Nottinghamshire;

North Nottinghamshire

London and South East: Hackney, South Islington and the City of

London; Hertfordshire; Leaside; Lewisham; Thameside; Thames Gateway;

Sutton, Epsom and Merton

Northern: Newcastle

North West: Knowsley and West Lancashire; Liverpool North and Sefton;

South Liverpool

South West: Bristol and South Gloucestershire; North Devon; Plymouth

West Midlands: Birmingham North; Birmingham South; North Black

Country

Yorkshire & Humberside: Barnsley and Rotherham; Bradford; Doncaster;

Sheffield

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