Local Alcohol Profiles for England

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Lord Adebowale comments on new Local Alcohol Profiles for England

"Looking at the figures released by the North West Public Health Observatory, it comes as little surprise that the poorest communities also have the most socially excluded and alcohol misuse prone residents. There is much to do to address this inequality, and the Government must look more carefully at the proposed public health funding formula which allocates money for treatment to each area. Under current proposals, research conducted by the Liverpool University with Darwen Council, estimates that local authorities in the most deprived areas would lose an average of £8 per resident, with those in the most affluent areas gaining money per resident.

Ultimately, investing in treatment for those who need it most, saves local authorities money. According to the National Treatment Agency, for every £1 invested in specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs. Now it is up to the Government and local authorities alike to ensure that investment is delivered in the most deprived areas, which lifts socially excluded people away from alcohol-related problems, and gives them every opportunity to make their life better."

Lord Victor Adebowale