Labour calls for fund­ing to help chil­dren of al­co­holics

The Scotsman - - Features - By KATRINE BUSSEY

Scot­tish Labour has chal­lenged the First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon 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.

The party’s health spokesman 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 £6m of fund­ing in April to help the es­ti­mated 200,000 chil­dren with al­co­holic par­ents get sup­port.

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

He 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, which works with fam­i­lies of those af­fected by al­co­hol.

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