NuPuritan Job Creation Scheme

Staff at some of Stoke-on-Trent’s largest companies could be offered alcohol advice sessions in the workplace as part of efforts to cut soaring numbers of problem drinkers.

The plans will also see 20,000 handy guides distributed to people across the Potteries, which they can keep at home to measure how many alcohol units are in different drinks. GPs and nurses will help pass on the information.

Oh, great! No wonder we are being told that we can’t have life-prolonging cancer drugs – we’ve got to pay for this instead!

… the Stoke-on-Trent Safer City Partnership is to take forward a series of projects aimed at reducing alcohol misuse.

The work with employers could include screening programmes and advice sessions for their staff. And there could be other drop-in clinics or appointments offered in job centres to reach out to drinkers.

All to keep the NHS staff in work…

A new community alcohol service will also be launched in April to coordinate support for adults in need of treatment. It will bring together provision such as counselling, community detoxification work, and drugs support.

It is set to cost up to £3.87 million to run this service over the next three years, with the bulk of the funding covered by NHS Stoke-on-Trent.

And ably supported by one of those ‘cash strapped councils’ too:

Stoke-on-Trent City Council will also be contributing financially.

You mean the ratepayers of Stoke-on-Trent will be contributing financially.

The developments are outlined in a report drawn up for this Thursday’s city council cabinet meeting.

It says other preventative projects will include handing out ‘parental alcohol education packs’ to families to help them discuss alcohol misuse with their children.

There will also be work with local supermarkets to promote responsible alcohol sales.

This will be backed up by campaigns to reduce the number of youngsters buying alcohol ‘by proxy’ in shops.

And all maternity staff will be offered training in alcohol awareness to help prevent babies being born with alcohol-related disorders.

Of course, Stoke-on-Trent has form for previous like-a-drunken-sailor-spending and overreaction to a ‘problem’.

The cost to human life and well-being is just part of the equation.

Suzie Kelly, alcohol programme lead for the Safer City Partnership, said: “The financial strain that alcohol has on the economy is stark.”

And yet seemingly not offset by the huge duty and VAT amounts that it’s purchase yields.

How odd.

It’s almost as if all that money is going elsewhere, isn’t it?

3 comments for “NuPuritan Job Creation Scheme

  1. October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    “parental alcohol education packs”

    I do so hope they include free samples to aid us in our recognition of these dangerous fluids. No? I thought not.

  2. October 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I could do with some alcohol advice – anyone know the best malts in the Skye area?

  3. sovereigntea
    October 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    After reading about that I need a drink.

    Dear Karen Lumley MP,

    Eleven Thousand Million Pounds ! On “foreign aid” ? A 34% increase ?

    Assuming American Billions £1000000000 and a nurse costing £30000 per annum.

    That is £11000000000 / £30000 = 366666 nurses
    Three Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Six nurses
    or enough medical staff to completely fill Wembley stadium four times.

    Perhaps you would care to explain why we are experiencing cuts to the
    military, the police, the NHS, all other services and hikes in taxes
    to fund the largesse above. Your party appears to be wilfully
    destroying our economy and handing money which is no doubt being
    borrowed at interest at our expense from private banks ( Dave’s mates
    ) to foreigners abroad.

    How much “aid” does Britain receive from abroad ?

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