Councils sign up for declaration on alcohol

NEAS paramedic Matt Curtis; Sue Taylor, Balance; Coun Paul Watson, ANEC Chair; Durham PCC Ron Hogg; Coun Catherine Donovan, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing; Carole Wood, Gatshead's director of public health; and Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger.
NEAS paramedic Matt Curtis; Sue Taylor, Balance; Coun Paul Watson, ANEC Chair; Durham PCC Ron Hogg; Coun Catherine Donovan, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing; Carole Wood, Gatshead's director of public health; and Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger.

Councils are coming together to help tackle problems caused by drinking.

North east leaders have come together to pledge their support to the Local Government Declaration on Alcohol.

The Declaration has been signed by several north east councils and others are due to sign up soon.

It also now has backing from the region’s three Police and Crime Commissioners, the Northern England NHS Strategic Clinical Networks, the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) and the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

The Declaration includes a set of commitments which put the health and wellbeing of residents at its heart while also emphasises the importance of rebalancing licensing laws in favour of local authorities.

Coun Paul Watson, chair of ANEC, said: “Tackling alcohol harm is a key priority for all 12 north east councils.

“We welcome and support the Alcohol Declaration, which brings together local authorities with a range of other frontline services and organisations to create a powerful, unitary voice to implement change.”

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, said: “The north east is leading the way nationally by bringing together key organisations to combine efforts to tackle problems caused by alcohol in the region.

“Here in the north east we continue to have some of the highest rates of alcohol harm in the country.

“It is important that services adopt a joined up approach and stand together on calls for a range of measures that will really make a difference such as raising the price of the cheapest, strongest products; mandatory health labelling; and advertising restrictions.”