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Drugs: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the sources of the planned efficiency savings in the Pooled Drug Treatment Budget 2010-11 are; and if he will make a statement. (201814)

Since 2001, the Department and the Home Office have provided specific resources for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB), which is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide treatment and services according to specific local needs.

The Department does not intend the funding made available through the PTB to represent the totality of funding for any area. Rather, it is designed to supplement mainstream funds and to encourage investment in improving treatment capacity and effectiveness.

The level of Government investment for substance misuse treatment within the PTB is £398 million for 2008-09, which is also the indicative figure for 2009-10 and 2010-11. However, we expect the reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings that will be made year on year until 2010-11 to reach £50 million. This reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings will allow for the expansion of treatment services to support the delivery of indicator 1 (number of drug users in effective treatment) in public service agreement 25.

Partnerships will be helped to deliver more effectively by:

changes to the allocation of the pooled treatment budget to match it more closely to activity;

the development of unit costs data to inform commissioning decisions;

improved processes for assessing local need to improve targeting; and

the national implementation of the treatment outcomes profile tool which will enable resources to be diverted to more effective interventions.