Government cuts in public health funding will lead to increases in demand for policing in some of the UK's poorest communities, according to Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner Ron Hogg.
Commenting on the report commissioned by Camurus, Ron said ”I have concerns regarding the future allocation of public health funding in Durham, via the Public Health Grant, and the knock-on effect for policing”.
The report, ‘Towards Sustainable Drug Treatment Services’ outlines the consequences for other services of reduced funding for Public Health.
Ron added “I am fearful that I will face the triple-whammy of a reduction in police funding, a further reduction due to changes in the funding formula, and the consequences of a decrease in public health funding. Public Health cuts will affect the safeguarding of young people and if drug and alcohol services are reduced, the police will have to deal with an even greater problem of rising crime. We need a commitment from the Government to increasing public health funding in line with need; an extension to public health funding to be used in areas where the grant has been utilised effectively; and clarity on the timescale for decisions. We have already seen concerns in County Durham about future funding, especially from the voluntary sector organisations that do much of the heavy lifting in terms of providing services to improve public health outcomes.”
Ron concluded “I always look at public health as an investment in our local communities to ensure not only that we have good public health outcomes, but that we reduce demand elsewhere in the system”.
Posted on Wednesday 17th July 2019