Alcohol Declaration inspiring collaborative working
North East leaders have come together to pledge their support to the Local Government Declaration on Alcohol, an initiative which encourages partners to work together at a local level to actively tackle problems caused by drinking.
The North East’s collaborative approach to implement widespread change through partnership working has already caught the attention of leaders from other regions keen to adopt similar initiatives.
The Declaration has been signed by several North East councils - including Gateshead Council from where it originated - 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 organisations have acknowledged the need to address the growing problems caused by alcohol within the North East, which continues to suffer at the hands of alcohol that is too cheap, too available and too heavily promoted.