Drug and alcohol treatment courses for children have had their budgets slashed by the Government, a charity has claimed.DrugScope said a Government grant for schemes which treat young addicts and prevent others getting ensnared in abuse has suffered a 10% cut for 2007/08.
Spending in England will fall from £61.8 million to £55.2 million under the Young People’s Substance Misuse Grant, which is managed by the Home Office, the charity said.
It claimed the move contradicted Prime Minister Tony Blair’s pledge last week to concentrate on preventing addiction among children by increasing early intervention schemes.
DrugScope chief executive Martin Barnes said: “This is disastrous for local services, many working with vulnerable children and young people with drug and alcohol problems or at risk of becoming problem drug users.
‘Funding cut’ for young addicts