HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 cc269-71W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list those agencies and non-hospital projects working in the field of alcoholic rehabilitation which are wholly or partly funded by the Department; what is the amount of grant in each case; and if he will indicate the level of funding in each case proposed for the next financial year

(2) what is the amount of grants paid by his Department to voluntary organisations which provide hostels for homeless people with a drinking problem for each year since 1974; how much is proposed for 1980–81; if he is satisfied with the level of his Department's support to such voluntary organisations; and what is his estimate of the number of people who suffer from a drinking problem.

Sir George Young

The grants given in 1978–79 to voluntary agencies concerned with alcoholic rehabilitation were:

Alcoholics Recovery Project 24,312
Allen House Trust, Bognor Regis 5,388
Aquarius 27,795
Avon Council on Alcoholism 12,382
Birmingham Diocesan Council for Social Aid 9,882
Bow Mission 32,201
Camden Alcoholics Support Association 28,258
Church Army (final claim not yet received)
Coventry Cyrenians 3,673
Devon Council on Alcoholism 6,752
Hostel, Maidstone Council of Churches 2,903
Hampshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders 7,040
Hastings Hostel Ltd., Leicester 9,894
Helping Hand Organisation 74,845
Homeless Action and Accommodation Ltd 3,885
Oxford and District Council on Alcoholism 8,063
Petrus Community 20,005
Royal London Aid Society 9,400
Salvation Army 30,075
St. Anne's Shelter and Housing Action Ltd., Leeds 30,664
Society of St. Dismas, Southampton 19,365
Scunthorpe Committee on Alcoholism 1,639
South East London Consortium 26,000
Spelthorne St. Mary, Harpenden 4,540
Spitalfields Crypt Association 18,179
Stonham Housing Association 14,834
Thamesdown and North Wiltshire Council on Alcoholism 8,344
Wayback Foundation, Plymouth 7,472
West London Cyrenians 1,808
Westminster Advisory Centre on Alcoholism 125
Alcohol Education Centre 50,000
Alcoholic Recovery Project 11,000
Aquarius Resource Centre 14,219
Federation of Alcoholic Rehabilitation Establishments 46,265
Helping Hand Organisation 24,300
Helping Hand Organisation/Bedford Advice Centre 10,400
Medical Council on Alcoholism 14,450
National Council on Alcoholism 147,000
Norfolk Council on Alcoholism 24,000
South-East London Consortium 13,000
St. Botolph's 3,500

The total grants paid to voluntary organisations to provide hostels for alcoholics, including homeless alcoholics, since April 1974 are as follows:

Capital Revenue Total
£ £ £
1974–75 132,505 88,035 220,540
1975–76 199,903 102,934 302,837
1976–77 270,883 188,033 458,916
1977–78 205,060 263,219 468,279
1978–79 145,524 318,116 463,640
1979–80* 150,000 350,000 500,000
Totals 1,103,875 1,310,337 2,414,212
* Estimated.

The level of grants for all voluntary organisations in this field for 1980–81 will be settled in the light of their applications taking account of resources available.

The level of the Department's support is exceptional as the Department does not normally fund local projects. The amount has depended on the number of schemes proposed by voluntary organisations for which local authorities have given an undertaking that after five years the organisations if successful could look to them for any financial support needed to enable the hostel to continue. I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 31 October 1979 to my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd) for the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' recent estimate of the number of alcoholics in the United Kingdom.—[Vol 972. c. 559.]

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