Public Health: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of reductions to the local authority public health grant in each year since 2014; and what estimate he has made of trends in the level of funding for that grant in the next three years.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Year

Public Health Grant Allocation (£ billion)

Change in budget (£billion)

2013/14

2.663

-

2014/15

2.795

+0.128

2015/16*

3.031

+0.236

2016/17

3.387

+0.356

2017/18**

3.304

-0.083

2018/19

3.219

-0.085

2019/20

3.134

-0.085

Notes:

*Funding public health services for children aged 0-5 was transferred from the National Health Service to local authorities from October 2015.

** Figures from 2017/18 include funding retained by the Greater Manchester local authority as part of a business rate retention pilot not allocated as grant.

Future funding for local authority public health function will be a matter for the Spending Review.

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