Fair deal demanded for Devon on health spending
Posted on: 5 July 2016
Devon County Council is campaigning to get a fair deal for vital public health funding.
New figures show Devon is one of the worst funded counties in the country for public health spending.
Devon gets £38 a head for public health while the City of London receives £200 and Kensington and Chelsea £141. The national average is £62.
That places Devon in the bottom 10 of 150 local authorities.
Now Devon County Council leader John Hart and the Cabinet member for health, Andrea Davis, are calling on the Government for fair funding for public health.
The powerful Local Government Association – which represents all local authorities – is debating the issue at its annual conference in Bournemouth this week. (July 5-7)
And Mr Hart and Mrs Davis are asking their colleagues to give their backing to the call for fair funding.
Mr Hart said: “We’ve campaigned successfully with schools across Devon to get the Government to introduce fair funding for education and put an end to the historic under-funding of our children.
“But the discrepancy between local authorities in public health funding is far wider than in schools.
“If we cannot win extra cash for our work in preventing ill health then we at least need to get fair funding.
“I have worked with the leaders of other badly-funded councils around the country to ensure that this issue is highlighted at the LGA conference.”
Mrs Davis said: “Public health helps to reduce demand on our hard-pressed hospitals and social care services by helping people live healthier lives through stopping smoking, healthier eating and being more active.
“Our budgets in Devon – and across the country – are being reduced.
“The LGA has produced a number of case studies to demonstrate that every pound spent on preventative action saves more than seven pounds being spent on treating illness.
“If we cannot win more cash for Devon then at least we will fight for the county to be treated fairly.”
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