To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the commissioning of addiction services by local authorities.
There are no plans to return addiction services to National Health Service commissioning. Local authorities are best placed to make decisions on the provision of addiction services based on the needs of their local population. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for addiction services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.
No formal assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the commissioning of addiction services by local authorities. However, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) routinely carries out reviews of residential substance misuse services and community substance misuse services. The majority of residential substance misuse centres and community substance misuse centres commissioned by local government have been rated good or outstanding. Public Health England provides local authorities with a range of data, guidance, tools and bespoke support to help them in their ongoing work of commissioning addiction treatment services. There were 121,332 people who exited the drug and alcohol treatment system in 2017 to 2018, with 48% (58,718) having successfully completed their treatment, free from dependence.