Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to the NHS to support people with alcohol addiction problems in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2019.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Data on funding allocated to the National Health Service to support people with alcohol addiction problems is not held centrally. Treatment for alcohol addiction is funded and provided by local authorities through the provision of the Public Health Grant. The grant is ring-fenced and subject to the conditions that it is to be used exclusively for the uptake and improvement of public health services, including alcohol treatment. £16 billion was made available over the period of the last spending review (2016/20) to be spent exclusively on public health services; and an additional £3.1 billion has been made available for the period 2019/20 for the same purpose. The grant will increase in real terms in 2020/21, which will enable local authorities to continue to invest in prevention and essential frontline health services.

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