Home Office written question – answered on 11th July 2018
Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report entitled Desperate for a fix, published in June 2018 by the Centre for Social Justice on new ways to tackle the root cause of shop theft and offenders with drug dependencies.
Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women
Drugs can devastate lives, ruin families and damage communities. This Government’s approach to them remains clear – we must prevent drug use in our communities and support people through treatment and recovery.
Our Drug Strategy, published in July 2017, sets out a balanced approach which brings together police, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around. We will consider the recommendations contained in the report, Desperate for a Fix: Using shop theft and a Second Chance Programme to get tough on the causes of prolific drug-addicted offending, as part of our ongoing work programme.