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£5.45 billion for local public health services

£5.45 billion for local public health services

A £5.45 BILLION two-year ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities has been announced.

From April, public health budgets will be protected for the first time, with local authorities taking the lead for improving the health of their local communities. This will help drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing by tackling the wider determinants of poor health.

Providing a two-year budget will also give local authorities a clearer long-term understanding of their future funding as they prepare to take on their new responsibilities. Building on advice from an independent expert group - the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) - funding is specifically targeted at those areas with the worst health outcomes.

In 2013/14 the total budget for local public health services will be just under £2.7 billion. In 2014/15 the budget will be just under £2.8 billion. Every local authority will receive a real terms increase in funding, according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “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.”

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