In an exclusive article, the Independent reports that spending on drug and alcohol support services across England has been slashed over the past four years. The Independent reveals that as death and ill-health linked to substance abuse soars to record levels, exclusive figures show that local councils have had to reduce budgets by tens of millions of pounds since 2013, which experts say is creating a “vicious cycle” that is leaving the needs of seriously vulnerable addicts unmet.
Austerity has been a monumental failure, cutting public services and quality – a true omni-shambles. The Conservative Government and it’s predecessor coalition were too weak to embrace radical change to public services (as advocated by John Gelmini & myself on this blog). Cameron and Osborne had no cohesive strategy and placed too much emphasis on austerity, which was tactical and erroneously applied. Now Theresa May’s government again has no robust strategy, other than Brexit – and Brexit promises to be another Black Hole for Britain.
Of course, the Independent is right and full marks for highlighting the case. But close examination of the evidence of the opioid epidemic in the US highlights that even the Independent is way behind the curve. Like the US, Britain must expect a substance abuse pandemic.
Meanwhile, British politicians are enjoying their lengthy Summer holidays.
What a mess!