Changes to drug treatment funding in North Somerset

THE Government has made changes to the funding of treatment for drug addicts in North Somerset.

THE Government has made changes to the funding of treatment for drug addicts in North Somerset.

Nationwide, £398million will be committed to drug treatment in 2008/9 following an announcement last week.

Weston's MP John Penrose has been campaigning for a fairer funding formula due the high number of recovering drug addicts in the resort.

The current way the system works means that services that provide recovery services lose out financially.


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Estimates from the Bristol Drugs Project indicate that North Somerset should receive more than £80,000 for drug treatment services this year and a pooled budget of £1.3million by 2011.

Mr Penrose said: "This news won't solve Weston's problems with addicts being dumped on us from other parts of the country, but at least we're getting paid for it.

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"We still have to deal with the central issue, which is stopping the dumping itself. But at least this is a step in the right direction.

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