Cuts to services for young women and drug education

Civil Society magazine has reported that Platform 51, formerly the YWCA, is being forced to close three of its 15 centres in an attempt to tackle its persistent budget deficit. The branches in Plymouth, Northampton and Truro will all close, and there will be further redundancies at Platform 51’s headquarters in Oxford.

The Guardian has reported that Department of Health spending on drugs education has fallen from £3.9m in 2009-10 to £0.5m in 2010-11, a reduction of 80%.  It notes that “Money to the drug advice service ‘Frank’ was cut substantially when the coalition imposed its cuts in 2010.” The Drug Education Forum, which disseminates research on drugs and drug education to teachers, has closed following the ending of its £60,000 government grant.


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