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The Government Is Making 'Staggering Cuts' To Addiction Services, Labour's Jon Ashworth Says

Two thirds of councils have cut their addiction and prevention budgets.

25/09/2017 00:01 BST | Updated 25/09/2017 00:01 BST
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Labour has accused the government of “dismantling the country’s public health system” after shocking figures revealed two thirds of councils have slashed their addiction prevention budgets this year. 

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, who will appear alongside comedian Russell Brand at a party conference event discussing addiction and mental health, said some of the most vulnerable members of society are being failed. 

The Leicester MP, who is himself the child of an alcoholic, is expected to say: “These are staggering cuts to addiction and prevention services including cuts to support for children with drug and alcohol problems.

“The Tories are cynically imposing multi million pound cuts on councils and the result is reductions in essential services to prevent and treat addiction.

“It’s yet another example of how this Tory government is dismantling the country’s public health system. The long-term effect will be growing addiction problems in society and increases the long term costs for the health services.

“The government are yet again failing some of the most vulnerable in society.”

Brand, who endorsed Jeremy Corbyn as the next prime minister during the 2017 general election campaign, has spoken openly about his battle with drug addiction, which began from an early age.

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Ashworth said Labour would protect public health budgets and supporting those with addiction issues would be a priority under a Labour government.

Local authorities are currently wrangling with £800 million of public health cuts imposed on them between 2015 and 2021.

Between 2015 and 2021, £800m of public health cuts are being imposed on local authorities by central government.

Labour says its analysis shows that as a result: 

- 106 local authorities are reducing their drug treatment and prevention budgets this year, with a combined cut across England of £28.4m.

- 95 local authorities are reducing their alcohol treatment and prevention budgets this year, with a combined cut across England of £6.5m.

- 70 local authorities are reducing their budget for drug and alcohol services for children this year, with a combined cut across England of £8.3m.

- In total addiction services will see a combined £43.3m reduction this year.

 A full list of budget cuts by local authority in England is below: 

Local authority

Class

Combined adult drugs treatment and prevention budgets (Change in Budgets ’000s)

Combined adult Alcohol treatments and prevention budgets

(Change in Budgets ’000s)

Drug and alcohol  services for children and young people

(Change in Budgets ’000s)

Total addiction

ENGLAND

-28,453

-6,518

-8,329

-43,300

Number (of 152) Reducing Budget

106

95

70

105

Bath & North East Somerset UA

UA

11

-41

0

-30

Bristol UA

UA

1

-53

145

93

South Gloucestershire UA

UA

-258

-12

100

-170

North Somerset UA

UA

-208

-38

56

-190

Luton UA

UA

-765

-130

13

-882

Bedford UA

UA

-13

-3

0

-16

Central Bedfordshire UA

UA

54

13

6

73

Bracknell Forest UA

UA

214

-310

0

-96

West Berkshire UA

UA

-77

-12

0

-89

Reading UA

UA

-785

1,008

34

258

Slough UA

UA

0

0

0

0

Windsor & Maidenhead UA

UA

-26

-182

-172

-380

Wokingham UA

UA

41

5

0

46

Milton Keynes UA

UA

158

-305

-244

-391

Buckinghamshire

SC

-645

7

806

168

Peterborough UA

UA

-588

477

28

-83

Cambridgeshire

SC

-21

-7

-34

-62

Halton UA

UA

89

-10

0

79

Warrington UA

UA

-711

294

-8

-425

Cheshire East UA

UA

-44

-11

-6

-61

Cheshire West and Chester UA

UA

251

93

265

609

Hartlepool UA

UA

-146

-108

0

-254

Middlesbrough UA

UA

-279

-119

0

-398

Redcar & Cleveland UA

UA

459

-61

17

415

Stockton-on-Tees UA

UA

-352

22

-15

-345

Cornwall UA

UA

-69

-86

209

54

Cumbria

SC

-93

-1

72

-22

Derby City UA

UA

-294

286

196

188

Derbyshire

SC

338

-16

61

383

Plymouth UA

UA

-385

54

-446

-777

Torbay UA

UA

1

-36

-5

-40

Devon

SC

-83

0

-79

-162

Poole UA

UA

-646

-11

279

-378

Bournemouth UA

UA

628

822

170

1,620

Dorset

SC

-3,395

-140

58

-3,477

Darlington UA

UA

-152

-174

-95

-421

Durham UA

UA

-594

-384

-28

-1,006

Brighton & Hove UA

UA

-29

-614

16

-627

East Sussex

SC

51

42

0

93

Southend-on-Sea UA

UA

-1

-29

20

-10

Thurrock UA

UA

-35

-102

29

-108

Essex

SC

-370

-385

-70

-825

Gloucestershire

SC

-2,618

2,034

345

-239

Portsmouth UA

UA

-836

631

-134

-339

Southampton UA

UA

-1,331

1,464

27

160

Hampshire

SC

-15

-153

-81

-249

Herefordshire UA

UA

20

5

-1

24

Worcestershire

SC

7

135

0

142

Hertfordshire

SC

-420

-564

-112

-1,096

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

UA

-385

280

31

-74

Kingston upon Hull UA

UA

-405

-2

-1

-408

North East Lincolnshire UA

UA

60

-62

11

9

North Lincolnshire UA

UA

-69

-62

87

-44

Isle of Wight UA

UA

-63

-58

0

-121

The Medway Towns UA

UA

771

-1,035

546

282

Kent

SC

659

-874

-21

-236

Blackburn with Darwen UA

UA

-20

-31

40

-11

Blackpool UA

UA

-534

194

-3

-343

Lancashire

SC

-1,326

-1,078

83

-2,321

Leicester City UA

UA

-1,786

206

253

-1,327

Rutland UA

UA

-45

-40

-7

-92

Leicestershire

SC

-194

-113

-27

-334

Lincolnshire

SC

-957

-130

-9

-1,096

Norfolk

SC

232

-144

-77

11

York UA

UA

-1,092

551

339

-202

North Yorkshire

SC

317

91

15

423

Northamptonshire

SC

377

-458

129

49

Northumberland UA

UA

85

93

-205

-27

City of Nottingham UA

UA

-138

-78

-6

-222

Nottinghamshire

SC

-323

-426

-51

-800

Oxfordshire

SC

-265

690

327

752

Telford and the Wrekin UA

UA

-15

-27

-9

-51

Shropshire UA

UA

970

-1,075

0

-106

Somerset

SC

-204

10

4

-190

Stoke-on-Trent UA

UA

-272

-98

21

-349

Staffordshire

SC

-1,640

-980

-681

-3,301

Suffolk

SC

-814

-361

593

-582

Surrey

SC

882

692

-82

1,492

Warwickshire

SC

-1,195

216

466

-513

West Sussex

SC

-67

-260

-103

-430

Swindon UA

UA

-278

438

-97

63

Wiltshire UA

UA

-1,660

-954

-256

-2,870

Isles of Scilly

UA

0

0

0

0

Bolton

MD

-167

-664

257

-574

Bury

MD

-47

-5

0

-52

Manchester

MD

52

-144

0

-92

Oldham

MD

-35

-43

0

-78

Rochdale

MD

-178

-281

-79

-538

Salford

MD

138

94

-3

230

Stockport

MD

-303

-198

54

-447

Tameside

MD

-969

-564

-81

-1,614

Trafford

MD

-159

67

0

-92

Wigan

MD

-92

-79

304

133

Knowsley

MD

-432

657

-119

106

Liverpool

MD

1

0

0

1

St Helens

MD

77

2

-12

67

Sefton

MD

-52

14

42

4

Wirral

MD

145

-603

-88

-546

Barnsley

MD

1,839

-1,891

-792

-844

Doncaster

MD

-248

-306

0

-554

Rotherham

MD

311

-1,099

0

-787

Sheffield

MD

-101

-14

-2

-117

Gateshead

MD

-643

411

634

402

Newcastle upon Tyne

MD

-4

-4

-9

-17

North Tyneside

MD

-1,007

923

1

-83

South Tyneside

MD

-507

-28

-4

-539

Sunderland

MD

-391

-669

-2

-1,062

Birmingham

MD

8,649

-928

-8,769

-1,048

Coventry

MD

-31

-74

-8

-113

Dudley

MD

-258

-429

-167

-854

Sandwell

MD

109

108

40

257

Solihull

MD

-189

-146

-36

-371

Walsall

MD

-99

44

-156

-211

Wolverhampton

MD

-95

-63

-5

-163

Bradford

MD

-634

-329

-50

-1,013

Calderdale

MD

-65

-87

238

86

Kirklees

MD

-404

-74

0

-478

Leeds

MD

-212

-180

-51

-443

Wakefield

MD

14

-12

-2

0

City of London

L

-120

189

-10

59

Camden

L

-219

-166

-296

-682

Greenwich

L

-172

49

-168

-291

Hackney

L

-210

-91

87

-214

Hammersmith & Fulham

L

-36

-80

-99

-215

Islington

L

1,149

-307

160

1,002

Kensington & Chelsea

L

-236

-156

0

-392

Lambeth

L

-4,317

2,246

109

-1,962

Lewisham

L

103

958

-206

855

Southwark

L

-68

-982

-203

-1,253

Tower Hamlets

L

-2,130

588

0

-1,543

Wandsworth

L

352

454

-393

413

Westminster

L

-278

-186

124

-340

Barking & Dagenham

L

-500

0

0

-500

Barnet

L

36

18

39

92

Bexley

L

-261

-92

-327

-680

Brent

L

0

0

0

0

Bromley

L

30

39

24

93

Croydon

L

-1,216

59

-391

-1,548

Ealing

L

-445

-465

-238

-1,148

Enfield

L

-469

0

12

-457

Haringey

L

-416

-820

-23

-1,259

Harrow

L

-106

-23

-152

-281

Havering

L

-37

-25

-5

-67

Hillingdon

L

22

18

19

59

Hounslow

L

51

23

18

92

Kingston upon Thames

L

44

-42

47

49

Merton

L

-4

236

5

237

Newham

L

-16

-7

-1

-24

Redbridge

L

414

-15

1

400

Richmond upon Thames

L

-97

-32

72

-57

Sutton

L

-248

159

-182

-271

Waltham Forest

L

185

118

-220

83

ENGLAND

-28,453

-6,518

-8,329

-43,300