Councils will share £41m to improve public health

Profile image for Leicester Mercury

By Leicester Mercury | Friday, January 11, 2013, 07:30

Councils are to get a little more than £41 million to improve public health in the coming year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has allocated almost £20 million to Leicester City Council. Leicestershire and Rutland county councils will get £20.2 million and £1 million respectively from April.

Local authorities take on responsibility for public health in April.

Mr Hunt said: "For the first time, we are giving councils the power, freedom and a protected budget to tackle public health issues such as alcohol abuse, smoking and lack of exercise.

"These new arrangements mean improving the health of their communities will be at the heart of everything councils do.

"From adult social care to transport, housing and planning, everything will be designed to get people healthier."

Leicester deputy mayor Rory Palmer, who has responsibility for health, said: "The allocation is broadly in line with what we would expect.

"Now we have confirmation of this, we can start planning where to spend the money.

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: "We welcome the announcement. It is good news.

"We still have to understand the detail, but this is a significant increase in money for prevention, with rises in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

"The challenge is to make sure we get really good value for money and carefully consider how we use the resources made available to get the maximum benefit for the people of Leicestershire."

In the 2014-15 financial year, the city council will get £22 million, Leicestershire County Council £21.8 million and Rutland County Council just over £1 million.

Tweet this article
      

Comments

       
  • Profile image for Kohelet

    Eric Pickles for Health Secretary

    By Kohelet at 17:33 on 11/01/13

      Report
              
     
  • Profile image for nora_hs

    Rutland County Council to get £1 million to improve public health in the coming year.

    By nora_hs at 11:17 on 11/01/13

      Report
              
     
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Oakham

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • DENT REMOVAL DERBY NOTTINGHAM LEICESTER MOBILE CAR BODY DENT REPAIRS AT HOME OR WORK FREE ESTIMATES

    The Dentmaster Derby, Nottingham,Leicester

    THE DENTMASTER DERBY MOBILE CAR BODY DENT REMOVAL TEL 07976 321 789 www.thedentmasterderby.co.uk

    Contact: 07976 321789

    Valid until: Wednesday, May 07 2014

     
  • Show time! - NEW Pop Up Stand bundles from just £497 including graphics

    IMEX Display Stands

    Perfect for shows and events, pop up stand bundles including printed graphics and FREE delivery from just £479! Plus you get £10 off your 1st order!
    www.imex-display.com/8-pop-up-stand-systems

    Terms: Enter special discount code: DMGLW10 at checkout for £10 off all Pop Up Display Stand orders at www.imex-display.com

    Contact: 01792 704888

    Valid until: Saturday, May 31 2014

     
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent