Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay hits out at cuts to alcohol and drug partnerships


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has criticised cuts in funding to drug and alcohol partnerships in the region.

The Conservative MSP has hit out at a funding cut of £244,000 between 2016/2017 and 2017/18 for the programmes, especially following a doubling in the number of drug deaths locally being revealed last month.

The quarter of a million cut is equivalent to a 13.7% drop in funding and Mr Carson believes this will only exacerbate problems in relation to those who need help in beating their addictions.

The funding comes from various agencies, including the Scottish Government and was revealed in a letter from Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I find it astonishing that there has been a cut of close to £250,000 in the last year for local drug and alcohol partnership programmes.

“We have seen recently the shocking figures that showed a doubling in the number of drug deaths in Dumfries and Galloway, so a cut in funding is not going to help improve the situation.

“Alcohol and drug partnership programmes are absolutely vital in helping people beat their addictions, but they need to be supported with the right resources.

“The SNP Government often talk a good game when it comes to tackling drug and alcohol problems, but the reality has been huge funding cuts for Dumfries and Galloway.

“Those need to be reversed in order to support those who need urgent help.”