A report by the NAO into government action to tackle problem drug use published today has concluded that:
"Without an evaluative framework for the Strategy as a whole, the NAO is not able to conclude positively on value for money."
No evaluative framework. This is a pitiful point to have reached, two years after the 2008 strategy was supposedly reviewed for efficacy, its success trumpeted repeatedly.
Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, in an extraordinary understatement said: "So overall performance measurement across the range of programmes needs to be put in place."
To add insult to injury, this report only covers specific initiatives to “tackle problem drug use”. It hasn’t even looked at policing costs, (which, according to the value for money study that Transform tore out of the clutches of the Home Office under FOI, constitutes the far larger expenditure) – £2 billion a year – and is subject to even less value for money scrutiny.