Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated by Health and Wellbeing Boards towards lifestyle weight management programmes.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not systematically collect information on the priorities of local areas, or their spending on lifestyle weight management programmes.

Health and wellbeing boards are for local authorities, the national health service, local Healthwatch, communities and wider partners, to share system leadership of both health and care services and population health.

While boards do not hold budgets or allocate funds as such, they are responsible for developing Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) (based, on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSSA)) that form the basis of NHS and local authorities' own commissioning plans across health, social care, public health and children's services.

JSNA and JHWS are locally-led processes through which local areas identify the current and future health and well-being needs of the local population, and may well include provision for weight management services.

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