Only ten local authorities have been able to increase their spending on drug and alcohol treatment services in real terms since 2016, according to analysis by the Labour Party for the House of Commons Library. All other councils experienced a \u2018real-term\u2019 budget cut, says Labour, with four \u2013 Medway, Staffordshire, Tyneside and Wiltshire \u2013 seeing real-term cuts of more than 40 per cent. Jonathan Ashworth: weakened state of treatment services is unacceptable Overall, local authority treatment services have seen real-term cuts equivalent to 15 per cent since 2016-17, it adds \u2013 from \u00a3762.37m to \u00a3689.76m \u2013 with dwindling public health budgets necessitating \u2018incredibly difficult decisions\u2019 about services. It was \u2018unacceptable\u2019 that treatment services had been left \u2018so weakened\u2019, said shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth. \u2018We need a new settlement for public health services, a clear target to reduce inequalities, and action to minimise harm and help prevent so many dying from addiction.\u2019 \u2018With deaths linked to alcohol and other drugs at an all-time high, urgent action must be taken to save lives,\u2019 added Alcohol Health Alliance chair Professor Sir Ian Gilmore. \u2018Treatment is essential to help those with alcohol dependence towards recovery but has long been underfunded and inaccessible to many. In England, only one in five dependent drinkers are in treatment and continual cuts to services denies help to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Professor Sir Ian Gilmore: urgent action must be taken 'We look forward to working with the government on the forthcoming addiction strategy to ensure that the epidemic of alcohol harm gets the attention it deserves and that adequate resources are allocated to preventing and treating it.\u2019 Meanwhile, the Home Office has awarded \u00a311.3m to 25 police and crime commissioners (PCC) to fund domestic abuse intervention programmes, with specific programmes including \u2018targeted support to address substance misuse, mental health and unemployment\u2019.