England’s local authorities cut alcohol and drug treatment services by an average of £155,000 in 2018 – even though 39,000 more patients were admitted to hospital because of alcohol than a decade ago.
And 93 per cent of councils say the same budgets will stay the same or fall even further next year.
The figures were released by a cross-party parliamentary group for children of alcoholics, headed by shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, which submitted a series of freedom of information requests to local authorities.
The decrease in treatment budgets sat at four per cent last year, though it was more extreme in places like Islington, where 34 per cent (£2,431,800) of treatment services funding was cut.
The greatest amount was knocked off the budget in Birmingham where the budget shrunk by £3,846,000.
It is expected that these services will be cut by another 2 per cent next year – an average of over £75,000 per council.