Balance North East

Health written question – answered on 11th October 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have discussed with NHS North East the (i) establishment and (ii) funding of Balance North East.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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.

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