Plea for fund to help chil­dren of al­co­holics

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Labour has chal­lenged the First Min­is­ter to set up a ded­i­cated fund to help chil­dren of al­co­holics af­ter a £6 mil­lion fund­ing pot was an­nounced to help th­ese vul­ner­a­ble young­sters in Eng­land.

Shadow health sec­re­tary Jon Ash­worth made the plea af­ter vis­it­ing a Scot­tish char­ity that aims to help chil­dren and fam­i­lies af­fected by al­co­hol abuse.

It is thought around 51,000 chil­dren across Scot­land are living with a par­ent with a drink problem.

At Westminster, Health Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt an­nounced £6 mil­lion of fund­ing in April to help the es­ti­mated 200,000 chil­dren with al­co­holic par­ents get sup­port and ad­vice.

Mr Ash­worth, who has spo­ken out about his father’s al­co­holism, urged the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to put “sim­i­lar lev­els of sup­port” in place.

The shadow health sec­re­tary teamed up with Scot­tish Labour com­mu­ni­ties spokes­woman Mon­ica Len­non – whose father also strug­gled with al­co­hol – on a visit to the Blame­less char­ity in Hamil­ton, South La­nark­shire.

It works with chil­dren and fam­i­lies of those af­fected by al­co­hol.

Mr Ash­worth said: “This is the sort of project that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment should be sup­port­ing and in­vest­ing in, be­cause it’s about the fu­ture of Scot­land, the fu­ture of the na­tion, it is in­vest­ing in chil­dren and bring­ing fam­i­lies back together.”

Jon Ash­worth MP.

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