Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Health written question – answered on 1st July 2013.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount was spent by NHS bodies and local authorities on (a) drug abuse and (b) alcohol abuse (i) prevention and (ii) treatment in each of the last three years; and what amount has been spent on such services in 2013-14 to date.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Figures on actual national health service and local authority spending on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention between 2010-11 and 2012-13 and year-to-date spend on these services in 2013-14 are not collected centrally.

The Department allocated funds, via the pooled treatment budget, to support local areas for drug treatment until March 2013. This information has been placed in the Library. In 2012-13 an additional £32 million was provided via the drug interventions programme.

From April 2013, alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery activity are funded from a ring-fenced grant intended to fund all local authorities' public health responsibilities.

In 2013-14, this grant totals £2.7 billion. A table showing the breakdown of the public health grant to each local authority in England has also been placed in the Library. Each local authority is free to determine their actual spend on alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery based on an assessment of need. They will be required to report their spending in these areas on an annual basis.

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