LGA responds to public health funding announcement

LGA press release 15 December

Responding to the reduction in public health funding announced for 2017/18 in today's provisional Local Government Finance Settlement, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:

"Central government's cutting of the public health budget is a short term approach and we are concerned this decision could undermine the objectives we all share to improve the public's health and to keep the pressure off adult social care and the NHS.

"To take vital money away from the services which can be used to prevent illness and the need for treatment later down the line is extremely counterproductive. 

"Interventions to tackle teenage pregnancy, child obesity, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse cannot be seen as an added extra for health budgets.

"Local authorities were eager to pick up the mantle of public health in 2013 but many will now feel that they have been handed all of the responsibility but without the appropriate resources to do so."

Notes to editors

Councils will receive £84 million less from government for public health in 2017/18. This follows a £77 million reduction in 2016/17 and a £200 million in-year cut in 2015/16.

15 December 2016

David Mills
Senior Media Relations Officer
Local Government Association
Phone: 020 7664 3200
Email: david.mills@local.gov.uk