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Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on measures to tackle childhood obesity in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date; and how that money was allocated in each such year;

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Prior to April 2013 it was for primary care trusts to decide how to use their allocations to improve the health of their population, including tackling child obesity.

Local authorities are now responsible for improving public health at local level, including addressing obesity. They have been given a ring-fenced public health budget of £5.4 billion over two years.

In addition, the Department has invested in a number of nationally-coordinated programmes which contribute to tackling childhood obesity—the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), Change4Life, the School Games, and Change4Life School Sports Clubs.

Responsibility for the Change4Life campaign and NCMP transferred to Public Health England from April 2013.

Information is available on how much has been spent in each financial year, between 2010-11 to 2012-13 on these programmes. For 2013-14 we have provided the amount allocated. This information is provided in the following table:

  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 (allocated)
NCMP(1) 220,000 190,000 400,000 1.5 million
Change4Life(2) 10 million 10.3 million 14 million 14.5 million
The School Games 7 million 7 million 2.5 million
Change4Life School Sports Clubs 475,000 4.8 million 1.6 million 1 million
Primary School Sports funding 60 million
(1) Funding for 2012-13 and 2013-14 includes capital for a new data collection system for NCMP. (2) The Change4Life campaign addresses individuals and families, it is not possible to break down the expenditure on children.

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