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Jackie Baillie MSP

By Democrat reporter

Dumbarton, Helensburgh and Lomond Labour MSP Jackie Baillie is dismayed at the revelation that the current SNP government has imposed a real terms cut in vital support for those suffering from drug and alcohol problems.

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships have suffered successive real terms cuts to their funding from the SNP government, with funding for ADPs across the country falling by 6.3 per cent between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

The cuts come amid Scotland’s drug crisis which has claimed 1,187 lives in 2018, a figure which has risen by 93.6 per cent since 2014 when the real terms cuts to ADPs began.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “Scotland is facing a very real and dangerous drug and alcohol crisis. The move by the SNP government to cut funding to vital support networks is completely irresponsible and is putting the most vulnerable in our society at further risk.

“We have an incredibly hard working, life changing Alcohol and Drug Partnerships covering the local area. The teams work tirelessly on the already limited funding that they have. A 6.3% funding cut will see financial pressure on the ADP rise alongside the demand for its services.

“Whilst these cuts were imposed Scotland’s drug crisis has spiralled out of control, claiming the lives of 1,187 people across the country in the last year alone.

“The SNP government must listen to Scotland’s leading alcohol and drug charities on this issue and end the cuts to these vital support networks.”

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