Charter for Change
The Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group seeks to focus attention on addiction issues and advocate evidence-based policies, enabling treatment services to save and transform more lives. It has recently published a 10 point Charter for Change, calling on the Government to act;
- Identify and appoint a single Government Minister to be responsible for drug and alcohol policy, accountable to Parliament.
- Publish an evidence-based
a) Drug Strategy aimed at reducing harm, ill health and drug related deaths; and
b) Alcohol Strategy aimed at reducing alcohol related harm, ill health, deaths and alcohol related crime and disorder.
- Follow the guidance provided by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
- Ensure that co-ordinated harm reduction strategies to reduce alcohol and drug related deaths and illnesses are prioritised by relevant structures across all four UK nations.
- Mandate the provision of drugs and alcohol services by Local Authorities.
- Ensure Local Authorities provide adequate resources for effective treatment of those with drugs and/or alcohol disorders
- Ensure everyone in recovery from drug and alcohol problems has opportunities to rebuild their lives, with access to safe and secure housing, employment and meaningful activity; and support for physical and mental health.
- Create apprenticeship-based qualifications for the drug and alcohol workforce, to build capacity and assure accreditation across the sector.
- Create a national commissioning ombudsman to provide oversight and address failures in commissioning practice.
- Make every prison a place of safety, reform and health improvement by increasing prison and probation officer staffing levels to provide access for prisoners to drug and alcohol treatment, provision of testing and treatment for Hepatitis C and continued care upon release.
The Group provides an interface for professional providers of drug and alcohol treatment with parliamentarians of all parties who share an interest in these issues. The Group holds regular meetings in Parliament and is chaired by Lord Ramsbotham and Mary Glindon MP and is supported by Blenheim, Addaction and WDP.
Read the full Charter for Change.