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End Drug and Alcohol Floating Support (06)

Cuts

Portfolio: Adult Social Care and Housing Portfolio

Futures Fund

This cut may not get implemented in full because there are proposals to include the service within the futures fund. Please visit the futures fund proposal to find out more. 

Description

To remove the Contract for the provision of Housing related/outreach support service for people with substance misuse problems (alcohol and drugs)

Service Detail

The service supports(approx. 50 clients per annum) vulnerable adults whose substance misuse needs makes them in specific need of support to find appropriate accommodation and successfully live independently or maintain their present accommodation and avoid becoming homeless. As well as addressing an individual’s accommodation and independent living needs, the service aims to reduce dependency, increase & sustain independence, increase clients taking part in education, training and employment and meaningful daytime activities which are all critical to supporting an individual to move towards independent living and becoming a contributor to society.

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06 End Drug and Alcohol Floating Support

Your Say

3 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Cut C06 (Cease Drug and Alcohol Floating Support)

A letter about the floating support service for people with drug and alcohol issues

Documents


Cut C06 (Cease Drug and Alcohol Floating Support)

Letter from the alcohol health alliance about budget proposals

Documents


FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Cut C05 (Cease Vulnerable Adults Floating Support)
Cut C06 (Cease Drug and Alcohol Floating Support)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

People matter. Broken people, vulnerable people. The anonymous and ordinary people, the high-profile public servants, they all matter. I’m conscious that so much of the passion that has been provoked by these budget proposals has all been centred on buildings. I do not believe that Darlington will be poorer if the Central Library is relocated. I do not believe that Darlington will be poorer if the Market is in private hands. I do not believe that Darlington will be poorer if the mayor doesn’t have a nicer car. But it will be different. However, Darlington will be poorer if it doesn’t provide support for its most vulnerable citizens - those with drug and alcohol problems, those who have been abused. I’m not talking in financial terms, though of course the chaotic drug user costs the community about £70k a year if there’s no intervention. I’m talking about the moral poverty of our town. We are all diminished by such things. Close to £228k is allocated in the Future Fund to the Head of Steam. Enough to pay the salaries of nine support workers, who in turn support up to 100 vulnerable people. I believe in the people of Darlington, I believe that the solution to the issues we’re confronted with lies within our hands and we have the capacity to answer it. I want to see a future where people take responsibility for the vulnerable members of our community. Is it such a preposterous idea to ask a volunteer motorist who has a vintage car to provide transport for the mayor? I have great sympathy with those who are having to impart this dreadful news to the people of Darlington. Could I urge that the council look again at the allocations within the Future Fund? Look at it as if they’ve never seen it before, stand back from it and ask yourself whether it’s people that matter or is it buildings? Buildings exist to be used, so let us not become a town where buildings matter and the dignity of the least of our citizens is forgotten.