LGA responds to Terrence Higgins Trust warning on public health budget cuts

"We have repeatedly argued that reductions to councils’ public health budgets is short-sighted and needs to be reversed otherwise they will undermine the objectives we all share to improve the public’s health."


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Responding to the Terrence Higgins Trust warning on public health budget cuts, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Despite budget reductions, councils are determined to maintain vital public health services to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives, but the reality is that many local authorities are having to make difficult decisions on these key services.

“Councils are having to carefully consider how best they can spend their public health funding, which has been reduced by £600 million from 2015/16 to 2019/20 by central government, to maximise cost effectiveness and improve health outcomes.

“Early intervention and prevention work by councils to tackle sexually transmitted infections and support reproductive health, is vital to improve and protect the public’s health.

“We have repeatedly argued that reductions to councils’ public health budgets is short-sighted and needs to be reversed otherwise they will undermine the objectives we all share to improve the public’s health.

“We urge government to reverse reductions to councils’ public health budgets and give local authorities more funding to further this cost-effective work. Any extra funding for the NHS should also include public health funding for councils as the two are so intrinsically linked.”