Responding to a Government announcement that public health budgets are to be slashed next year, Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:
“Councils are at breaking point and now a huge cut to their public health grant that should be being used to tackle endemic health inequalities across England.
“These cuts will impact the local services that are there to keep people well and out of hospital and will leave people sicker and, in the long run, will cost the NHS and councils much more than they save.
“The policies of this Government have hollowed out our communities, and the capacity for local authorities to deliver the services that people need. The next Labour Government will put this right by sustainably funding our councils and will deal with the growing crisis we see across the country.”
Notes to editors
– It has been announced today in Ministerial Statement from Public Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, that the total funding for local authority public health grant for 2019/20 is £3.134 billion. This is a cut of £85 million from the total public health grant in 2018/19
– This represents a real terms cut of 2.2% from last year.