Public health funding cuts

Published on: Thursday, 25-June-2015

At last night’s Council meeting (24 June), a notice of motion was passed calling upon the Government to reconsider its proposed cut in public health funding and honour its previous funding commitments as set out in the local government finance settle in March 2015.

Only six months’ ago, the Government set its budget which included the Public Health Grant for 2015/16.  Based on the funding allocations, a programme of work has been confirmed in Knowsley, focusing on the key health priorities in the borough and a range of initiatives in order to support health improvements. 

This includes weight management programmes, smoking cessation services and physical activity schemes.  Investment in such programmes is essential to reduce the burden of preventable disease on the NHS.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, commented “Public Health plays a key role in preventing people from having to access NHS services.  Funding cuts to this vital work will mean more demand on the NHS rather than focus on what causes people to be ill in the first place and I would call on the Government to reverse their decision to reduce funding in this priority area.  Local authorities are best placed to know the needs of their communities and focus preventative measures where they are needed, when they are needed.”