Specialist misuse services for young people have expanded enormously during the past few years, as government investment increased from £15.3m in 2003/04 to £25.4m in 2009/10.
Consequently, specialist treatment services are more widespread and accessible than ever, with one in every local authority area.
In 2009, the allocation for each local authority was reviewed, using a comprehensive assessment of the risk factors linked to substance misuse, particularly family income and child poverty, educational attainment and housing problems. The overall effect of this reallocation was to narrow variations in funding from area to area by more closely linking funding to child well being.
11/12 funding allocation letter (gateway no 15827)
11/12 commissioning letter (gateway no 16331)
12/13 funding allocation letter (gateway no 17594)