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Caroline Flint welcomes £6million funding for children of alcoholics

Caroline Flint has welcomed £6million funding announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt for children of alcoholics, just six weeks after MPs met with the Secretary of State to ask for more Government support.

Caroline had joined Liam Byrne MP and Jon Ashworth MP to seek Government action on their Manifesto for Change – a campaign to ensure that every area of England has a plan to support children in families with alcohol misuse.

Said Caroline: “I am delighted with the Government’s announcement today. The MPs who have championed children of alcoholics did so because there are many families coping with an alcohol-dependent parent and they are largely invisible, facing their problems in isolation.

“We want to shine a light on, and speak up for, these too-often forgotten children who may carry the impact of an alcoholic parent for many years to come.

“I am particularly pleased that the Government has agreed to help identify these families more quickly; provide greater outreach services for the parent; and early intervention to prevent the break-up of families. I hope that local councils and charities take the opportunity to bid for these funds to enable greater community support for children of alcoholics.”

In November, Ms Flint joined the launch of Doncaster’s Family MOT – Moving on Together – a programme to support families with parents who misuse alcohol or drugs.

Since 2015:
• Parliamentarians came together to form an All Party Group to lobby for change
• The group exposed the scandalous lack of provision to help children of alcoholics
• The group published its first 10 point manifesto for change, written by children of alcoholics
• The group helped launch parliamentary research into the scale of the problem
• MPs met Jeremy Hunt in March to discuss the campaign.

Photo shows Jeremy Hunt with Caroline Flint, Liam Byrne and Jon Ashworth.

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