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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:
|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.|