To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his officials in his Department have had with commissioners of substance misuse services to assess the adequacy of their funding in meeting demand for those services.
Departmental officials have regular discussions with the commissioners of substance misuse services. We commissioned Dame Carol Black to undertake a comprehensive review of drug treatment system in England. The review looked at national funding and local spending on drug and alcohol treatment, consulting extensively with local authority commissioners. The review made a number of recommendations, including to increase the funding available for treatment services.
We have committed to publish a new long term drug strategy later this year, informed by the latest evidence including from Dame Carol’s review. We will set out further action in the coming months.