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Penny Pinchers??


Monday, October 20th, 2008 Penny Pinchers??

An article by Paul Stokes of the Telegraph (16 10 08) reports on drug addicts being offered beauty treatments to the tune of £400,000 pa at the cost of the taxpayer. Quite a surprising reaction from Mark Wallace of the “Taxpayers alliance when he says “It is totally wrong that while taxpayers are cutting back their own luxuries, their money is being spent on massages for drug addicts.”.

Lets not forget drug addiction is recognised as a disease. Notwithstanding most addicts have faced total despair on many levels, so why is it so wrong to give nothing more than a bit of TLC in their desperate lives?

The centre in question is called appropriately Evolve based in Blackburn. Statistically, Blackburn has one of the highest incidences of drug misuse per head of population. As argued by Jerry Sutton, chief executive of voluntary agency Inward House, which is running Evolve, said: “If nobody comes through the door it’s a waste of money.

What’s incontestable is that these activities are helpful not just to the people using them, “but for the community as a whole. It’s about helping people get things for themselves.”

“What’s incontestable is that these activities are helpful not just to the people using them, but for the community as a whole. It’s about helping people get things for themselves.”

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