Balance was established in 2008 by a wide range of organisations involved in people's alcohol use, including health services, police, voluntary agencies and local authorities. Balance is funded by the primary care trusts in the north-east as well as local police forces to tackle alcohol-related issues in a cross-cutting way. There have been no discussions with departmental Ministers. However, there were discussions with officials at that time and these have continued.
The Department has provided funding to each region to support the reduction of harm from alcohol at a local level. In the north-east, Balance has been commissioned, to undertake this role.