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£5.45 billion budget for local public health services

Funding ring-fenced for two years

Jo Carlowe

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has today announced a £5.45 billion local public health budget ring-fenced for two years. 

From April 2013, public health budgets will be protected, with local authorities taking the lead for improving the health of their local communities.   

Building on advice from an independent expert group – the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) – funding will be specifically targeted, for the first time, at those areas with the worst health outcomes.  

In 2013/14 the budget for local public health services will be just under £2.7 billion and in 2014/15 just under £2.8 billion.  

The government says a ring-fenced two-year budget will give local authorities a clearer long-term understanding of their future funding as they prepare to take on their new responsibilities.

“Too many people die too early from diseases that can be prevented. I want more people to be able to look forward to an independent and active old age and developing high quality public health services is essential to make this a reality,” said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He described today’s announcement as a ‘major investment’ and a step towards securing services for the areas where they are needed most.

“By putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities. Improving the health of local people will be at the heart of everything they do – from social care to transport, housing, planning and environment.”

Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England Duncan Selbie welcomed today’s funding pledge.

“We welcome this investment and look forward to working alongside local government as they take on their new leadership responsibilities for health and well being.”

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