Drugs and alcohol misuse in Leigh is now even visible on our streets but shamefully the support packages for early intervention and prevention are disappearing.
It's scandalous that 85% of English councils are now forced to cut spending on vital services -
our own local authority budget has been cut by £130 million each year resulting in some impossibly difficult decisions.
I went on patrol with Greater Manchester Police on Monday and saw first hand the strain this has put onto our brilliant police officers who are increasingly acting as social workers, addiction specialists and counsellors - filling the gap left by austerity cuts to our local authorities. Meanwhile, GMP has also been cut with 2,000 fewer officers on the streets of Manchester.
The austerity regime has cut our public services to the bone and it is our communities that are now paying the price.