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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds have been made available to (a) Thames Valley Police force and (b) Oxfordshire County Council to further the Government’s 2008 drug strategy: Tackling drugs, changing lives. (196534)

The Home Office has a provisional allocation of £804,860 from the Drug Interventions Programme for Thames Valley police force in 2008-09. This funding is for drug testing those arrested or charged with trigger offences or for offences where there are grounds to suspect that class A drug use may have caused or contributed to the offence, and for the wider strategic delivery of DIP.

The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) main grant is a Home Office grant aimed at getting adult drug-misusing offenders out of crime and into treatment and other support. The drug action team (DAT), a partnership of which Oxfordshire county council is a member, will receive (via the primary care trust) main grant funding of £1,213,041 for the Drug Interventions Programme in 2008-09. It is for the DAT to decide how best to use the funding to deliver the Drug Interventions Programme in their area, taking account of Home Office guidance.

The Home Office, Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health are providing funding alongside mainstream funding to support local areas in preventing and reducing substance misuse-related harm (including illegal drugs, alcohol and volatile substances) for children and young people. The funding is routed through to all areas through the area-based grant which is paid on an un-ring-fenced basis to allow maximum flexibility, to primary care trusts through the Pooled Treatment Budget and to youth offending teams through the Youth Justice Board. Oxfordshire will receive funding of £356,613 in 2008-09.