Manager’s post axed as DAPL cuts costs

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A DRUGS counselling agency hit by controversial funding difficulties has served a shock redundancy.

Despite winning a reprieve from Fife funders, Robert Grant left his position as boss of Drugs Alcohol Project Ltd (DAPL) less than 24 hours after that crucial victory.

DAPL’s board of directors told the Mail the decision would mean the agency would operate without a manager “at this moment in time”.

A statement confirmed: “The board took the difficult decision to make the post of manager redundant.

“This decision was based on cost savings and is seen, given the current economic climate, as the best way to minimise the impact on frontline service delivery within the communities that we, as an organisation, serve.” “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Grant for his work on behalf of DAPL in advocating on all levels for those within our communities affected by substance use, over a period spanning some 16 years.”

DAPL hit the headlines in recent months when Fife’s funding body Alcohol Drugs Partnership (ADP) decided to pull up to £10 million from local organisations and redirect the cash to new national providers.

Local groups claimed they had been set up to fail in the process and formed a consortium to block the ADP’s decision.

Thanks to a last-minute political intervention, the ADP was ordered last month to re-run the grant application process and give groups such as DAPL a vital temporary lifeline.

DAPL’s board said: “We would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank the community of Levenmouth for their support during the recent funding uncertainty and assure the community that DAPL is still open for business and remains committed to ensuring dedicated service delivery to the members of our community who need us most. “If anyone wishes to seek support, Martin Denholm, service co-ordinator, can be contacted on 01333 422277.”