Chris Mahony 05 November 2019

Think tanks calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets

Think tanks calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets image

Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.

The think tank says that linking the two budgets will put public health on a more sustainable footing after five years of cuts that the report says have hit the most deprived communities hardest.It claims that the ten most deprived local authorities in England have seen £1 in every £7 cut from their public health budgets – compared to £1 in £46 for the ten least deprived councils.

The IPPR puts the total cuts to public health in England at £900m in real terms since 2014/15. As well as linking funding NHS budgets, the briefing calls for reform of the local government funding formula.

It argues that despite the greater public health needs in deprived communities such as Blackpool, Liverpool and Birmingham, councils serving the ten most deprived communities have borne nearly 15% of that figure. The poorest areas have lost around a third of their public health funding, compared to a one-fifth reduction for the least deprived areas.

The IPPR research fellow who analysed the data, Chris Thomas, said: ‘This means the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our country has been put at risk – and puts unnecessary strain on the NHS. Government must ensure our health and wellbeing by investing in a fairer deal for local government.’

Cllr Paulette Hamilton, cabinet member for health and social care said: ‘These findings are sadly not surprising and emphasise what we at Birmingham City Council, alongside many other local authorities, have been saying for years. Public health have been hit by cuts alongside other public sector services and it is the poorest and most vulnerable who have suffered the most under years of austerity.’

LGA community wellbeing board chairman Cllr Ian Hudspeth said: ‘All political parties need to commit to giving councils greater powers and funding to help improve the health of our population and relieve pressure on our overstretched health service.’

The MJ approached the councils that top the government’s least deprived list for comment but did not receive a response.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Corporate Director, Population Wellbeing

Luton Borough Council
£121,928 - £133,701 plus £4,515 Car Benefit
We seek a talented Corporate Director to help deliver the population strand in our 2040 Vision to eradicate poverty. Luton, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Luton Borough Council

Director of Adult Social Care for Adults with Disabilities

Essex County Council
£83462 - £92718 per annum
Director of Adult Social Care for Adults with DisabilitiesPermanent, Full Time£83,462 - £92,718 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Project Manager

Essex County Council
£40281 - £47390 per annum
Project ManagerFixed Term, until end of March 2022Full Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £47,390 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Compliance Analyst

Essex County Council
£29772 - £35027 per annum
Compliance AnalystPermanent, Full TimeUp to £35,027 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Database Administrator

Essex County Council
£42000 - £49422 per annum
Senior Database AdministratorPermanent, Full TimeUp to £49,422 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue