Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes confirm support for new Local Alcohol Action Areas

30/01/2017

Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes have confirmed their support for the second round of the Home Office’s 33 Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs2) announced by the Home Office.

33 local authorities will take part in the second round of LAAAs - a two year programme set out in the Home Office’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy. It aims to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder, and diversify local night time economies through strong partnerships between local authorities, the police, health partners and businesses.

LAAAs2 will develop targeted action programmes based around the five themes set out in the Home Office’s Modern Crime Strategy and Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes are offering their support to help areas deliver their plans.

Sarah Newton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism said:

"Local Alcohol Action Areas demonstrate the Government’s commitment to work with industry, police, local authorities and other partners to make our streets safer.

“Violent crimes involving alcohol have fallen over the last decade - but it is clear that alcohol misuse has a significant impact on communities across the country.

"Our pubs, bars and restaurants make a valuable contribution to our economy and our society and it is important that people are able to enjoy them without the fear of becoming a victim of crime.”

Commenting on the programme, Sarah Hanratty, Interim Chief Executive for the Portman Group which coordinates the Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes said:  

We warmly welcome the second round of the LAAAs; and the opportunity to support local communities in reducing alcohol-related harm and creating safe and thriving night time economies.  Drinks producers and retailers have an important role to play and are committed to reducing the harms related to alcohol misuse through their support of the Local Alcohol Partnership schemes; a range of initiatives that work to make local communities safer and create great places for people to live, work and socialise.”

“We welcome the Home Office’s recognition that partnerships which include the police, public and private sectors are helpful in delivering action on the ground and look forward to providing tailored support for the LAAAs.”

The Local Alcohol Partnerships Group are coordinated by the Portman Group and include schemes which can help local authorities and public health partnerships to tackle alcohol-related harm, reduce underage sales and proxy purchasing and diversify their local night-time economies. The schemes are funded by drinks producers and retailers and include, Best Bar None, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS), Purple Flag, Pubwatch, Drinkaware Crew and Street Pastors also work closely with the group.

The support available is wide ranging and can be tailored to each individual area. Examples include:

  • Support on the ground: Setting up new schemes and revitalising existing schemes in the LAAAs
  • Sharing best practice: Hosting conferences, regional events and workshops
    • Evaluation and Data Sharing: collecting impact data and piloting a multi-agency approach to sharing police and health data;
    • Safe Spaces: setting up new schemes and sharing best practice on creating sustainable and effective safe spaces.

The Local Alcohol Partnership schemes supported the first round of Local Alcohol Action areas and are active in many communities across the UK. There are currently:

  • 650 registered Pubwatches
  • 80 Community Alcohol Partnerships (over 120 having been launched)
  • 74 Purple Flag accredited areas
  • 36 Best Bar None schemes
  • 1.449 million Proof of Age (PASS) cards in circulation

Official government statistics (ONS and HSCIC) show significant and sustained falls in rates of binge drinking (down 19%), alcohol-related violent crime (down 41%) and underage drinking (down 38%), during the last decade. Closer partnership working between industry, police and local authorities continues to be an important factor in tackling alcohol harms across the UK.

An information booklet on Local Alcohol Partnerships and a resource pack is available from the Portman Group website which explains the schemes and outlines best practice for partnership working between local businesses and local authorities.  

Case studies showing the success of Local Alcohol Partnerships in Nottingham, Birmingham and Bournemouth are available from the Portman Group website. The case studies are written and submitted by local authorities and Business Improvement District (BID) representatives.

Watch the Local Alcohol Partnerships film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y334hgyGHWI

Watch the latest RSPH/ITN Productions film here:

https://www.rsph.org.uk/resources/videos/itn-film-2016-championing-the-publics-health/our-partners/local-alcohol-partnerships.html