Data from the Department of Education provides an idea of how much local authorities are spending on drug and alcohol services.
Their release for planned spending in 2012/13 suggests that there will be £7m less in budget (a fall of 16%) than this year.
This is in the context of an overall rise in spending on children’s services of over £100m in the same period.
From my point of view this looks to be a disinvestment in success – there are now fewer young people using drugs and alcohol, and fewer young people entering treatment.
It’s also difficult to square with Oliver Letwin’s promise that there “will be more funds for drug prevention, rehabilitation and recovery, and for the rehabilitation of prisoners.”