Fifty of England ’ s most deprived areas are to receive ‘ significantly more ’ funding in 2022- 23 to bolster their drug and alcohol treatment services , says the Department of Health and Social Care ( DHSC ). While all local authorities will receive additional funding as part of the government ’ s three-year £ 780m investment in treatment announced late last year ( www . drinkanddrugsnews . com / government-announceslargest-ever-increase-in-treatmentfunding ), those areas ‘ most affected by drug-related crime and addiction ’ – including Birmingham , County Durham and Leeds – will receive additional funding totalling £ 300m over the three-year period .
The money will help to improve access to treatment and increase the capacity of services , said health secretary Sajid Javid . ‘ This is a significant step in our commitment to rebuild the drug treatment system , save lives and
level up the country .’
‘ It is encouraging that on top of the additional funding for all local authorities , the 50 authorities most in need will be given further money to support their treatment programmes ,’ added Dame Carol Black . ‘ This is crucial to rebuilding the treatment and recovery workforce and enable harm caused by drug misuse in our most deprived areas to be reduced .’
The government has also announced plans to enhance its Project ADDER scheme through ‘ more intensive oversight ’ by the criminal justice system . A support package will be provided to all opiate and crack users in ADDER areas , it says , while people who commit ‘ neighbourhood crimes ’ like burglary , robbery or theft will be subject to ‘ joint probation and police supervision ’, with more frequent contact from
the authorities and improved information sharing between agencies . The plans will also see greater use of community sentences with drug rehabilitation requirements , drug testing and ‘ stronger electronic monitoring options ’, the government states .
The initial local authorities assessed as being ‘ most affected by drug-related crime and addiction ’ include areas in County Durham , Leeds , Birmingham and Devon . Pictured : Foodbank sign in Leeds , March 2022 , by riddypix / Alamy