Telford and Wrekin Council is to receive £403,658 from the Government to support drug and alcohol recovery services in the borough, with £372,216 allocated as part of the drug strategy and £31,442 towards inpatient detoxification.
All local authorities will receive new funding as part of the drugs strategy’s record £780 million investment to rebuild the drug treatment and recovery system. Record levels of funding will help achieve the government’s 10-year strategy to tackle drug crime, boost treatment and level up the country.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the first 50 local authorities across England to receive extra funding which will go towards improving access to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and increasing the capacity of services. This will help to reverse the upward trend in drug use by tackling this major driver of crime which disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable and poorest communities. All of England will benefit from an uplift in funding for their treatment and recovery services, with the first 50 local authorities receiving enhanced funding in the year 2022 to 2023.
Lucy Allan MP said:
I am pleased that the Government recognises the harmful societal impact of drug and alcohol abuse, which drives crime and puts pressure on the health service in Telford.
This is a significant amount of money provided by central Government to support local authorities as part of its strategy to tackle crime in the community.
Drugs are behind almost half of all burglaries and robberies and drive violent crime in our community. I am reassured that the Government is treating these issues with the seriousness they deserve.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:
This is a significant step in our commitment to rebuild the drug treatment system, save lives and level up the country.
We’re investing a record amount in treatment services and ensuring some of the most deprived areas in England are first in line for this funding, to support the most vulnerable by cutting drug use.
Treatment is just one element of our far-reaching strategy to better rehabilitate drug users – whether it’s helping people get jobs, creating a stable home or cracking down on supply.
Photo above: Lucy Allan MP and Health Secretary Sajid Javid