Drugs Intervention Programme Spending

Reference: 13033

Date Added: Monday, November 4, 2013

Category: Finance

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Question

 

Q1. For 2013-14, please provide information about how much of your Community Safety Fund has been allocated to services relating to drug or alcohol use? This could include (for example) continuing funding for Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) type interventions, investing in other referral routes from the criminal justice sector into drug and/or alcohol treatment, funding diversionary or educational work, or financially supporting community or residential treatment services.

Q2. Are you able to give any indication of what the allocation is likely to be in 2014/15 and what the decision making process for next year\'s funding will be in your police area?

Q3. Please describe how you engage with Health and Wellbeing Boards within your police area and what level of involvement you have in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Startegies.

Q4. Please describe whether you currently commission or are considering commissioning within the next 12 months services funded by a Payment by Results (PbR) mechanism, and if so, what form that mechanism takes.

 

Answer

 

Q1:

Drug Interventions Programme - £907,881
ION Track Detection Device - £5,500

Q2:

For the 2013/14 financial year, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were provided, as part of their overall Government Funding settlement, a Community Safety Fund. This fund brought together under one roof, the vast majority of drugs, crime and community safety funding that the Home Office previously provided to a range of partners.

With the introduction of PCCs (November 2012) being so close to the start of the 2013/14 financial year, the PCC for Gwent elected, in the main, to adopt a ‘status quo’ approach to the allocation of this funding for 2013/14, i.e. those partners which previously received funding from the Home Office prior to 2013/14, received an equivalent amount in 2013/14, following transfer of responsibility to the PCC.

With the introduction of commissioning responsibilities for PCCs and the associated unification of funding to deliver these commissioned services as articulated above, the PCC for Gwent has established a Strategic Commissioning Board.

This Board has the primary purpose to provide strategic direction to the PCC’s Commissioning Programme in relation to strategic planning, service quality, contracting performance/management and stakeholder engagement. The Board is chaired by the Deputy PCC and has representation from the Office of the PCC, Local Authorities, Gwent Police, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Wales Probation Trust, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Gwent Registered Social Landlords and the Gwent Voluntary Sector.

In order to advise on the allocation of funding (both Community Safety Fund and other sources) for 2014/15, the Strategic Commissioning Board is currently assessing:

• The needs of the people and communities of Gwent;

• The value for money and outcomes demonstrated from current service provisions which meet these needs;

• Gaps and overlaps in the current service delivery model; and

• The suitability of the market to deliver commissioned services.

This assessment is being undertaken during October and November 2013, with an aim to deliver its findings and recommendations for allocations by early December 2013. Allocations will still be dependent however, upon the submission by partners of ‘outcomes focussed’ plans for 2014/15. This timeframe aligns to the statutory budget setting timetable for the PCC to agree the overall budget for delivering his Police and Crime Plan and the associated level of Council Tax Precept. Partners will therefore receive early indications of likely funding levels in late December 2013, which will be formally ratified in February 2014.

Running parallel to the above process, the PCC’s across Wales are considering collaborative opportunities to work together with each other, and other partners within particular delivery mechanisms, to deliver improved outcomes to end-users and to secure financial efficiencies. The provision of Drug and Alcohol misuse services is one such opportunity that is currently being considered.

Q3:

Within Wales responsibility for health and health services is devolved to the Welsh Government and therefore do not have Health or Wellbeing Boards. The structure and ethos of the Welsh NHS is very different to that which applies in England. There is no internal market; the system in Wales is based on planning and collaboration.

Wales has seven Area Planning Boards (APBs) whose primary objective continues to be the improving and strengthening of the arrangements for the planning, commissioning and performance management of substance misuse services in Wales. APBs assist responsible authorities and other relevant partners to discharge their statutory responsibility by providing a mechanism to pool scarce resources where appropriate and share expertise to deliver the Welsh Government’s Substance Misuse Strategy.

Since APBs were created, Gwent APB has provided a forum to bring together representatives of all agencies involved in the planning, commissioning and delivery of substance misuse services within the region, together with developing a Gwent regional joint needs assessment. This has delivered real benefits to services and their end users.

Within the Gwent Region the Gwent Office of the PCC is represented on the Gwent APB by both the Deputy PCC and the Drug Interventions Programme Commissioner/Manager.

The Gwent PCC also endorses Gwent Police who are active members within each of the five Local Service Boards (LSBs) within the Gwent Region. There is a designated Chief Superintendent who sits on each of the LSBs ensuring partnership work between Gwent Police and other agencies is undertaken at the highest level. The Chief Superintendent is also the responsible body/Chair of the Gwent Area Planning Board.

Q4:

Welsh Government do not advocate Payment By Results. However, the Welsh Government ensures that a rigorous and transparent monitoring mechanism that embraces the principles of Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework is followed . The PCC through his officers membership with the local APB and close liaison with both Gwent APB Chair and Gwent Drug Interventions Commissioner/Manager, ensures that performance is monitored against this a RBA framework.