Norfolk and Suffolk have received the lowest increases in public health funding after the coalition government announced funding settlements for the next two years.

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From April 1, public health budgets will be transferred from Primary Care Trusts to county councils under a reform of health services.

Authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk will each receive government funding increases of 2.8pc each over the next two years to spend on projects such as fighting obesity, smoking, alcohol misuse and other causes of ill health.

However, local authorities across England have received an average increase in public health funding of 10.8pc up until 2015. Officials from the Department of Health said 2.8pc was the minimum increase in funding with authorities getting more in areas with the worst health outcomes for residents.

Norfolk County Council will receive £29.8m in 2013/14, which equates to £34 a head, and will get £30.6m in 2014/15 from a national funding pot of £5.45bn.

Norman Lamb, Norfolk Norfolk MP and health minister, said it would be up to local authorities to spend the funding on the health projects of their choosing.

“For the first time we are giving Norfolk County Council the power, freedom and a protected budget to tackle public health issues such as alcohol abuse, smoking, and lack of exercise. That is a massive war chest to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. We are ring-fencing that money, so it can’t be raided and used for other things.”

“It will be responsible for improving your health. This 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,” he said.

Suffolk County Council will get £25.5m in 2013/14, which equates to £35 per head, and will receive £26.2m the following financial year. Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: “We want everyone to have a long and healthy life in Suffolk, but in spite of the many initiatives launched in the last two decades, previous governments have failed to tackle the causes of ill health and premature death. Local councils are best placed to understand local health challenges.”

6 comments

  • Jono, Child poverty has thrived to new heights under the coalition and the plethora of food banks is a good indication. despite all this, a large proportion of our food is going to waste, most of it unsold items which could be given away.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • I notice Norman Lamb doesn't actually talk about the issue in the story. Was he asked? Or is he giving a politician's answer?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I'm sure the Liberal Democrats will find a way to tell us how he's on our side in Norfolk. My favourite letter this week was that Norman Lamb is apparently looking after our society's poorest, a day after he voted to give a real terms cut to their funding.

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    Jono

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Norman looks ill. That said, despite trying to find out about the health and alcohol consumption in all 26 bars of the HoC, inquiring about the life style threats to our representatives and our concerns over the health of some of our more 'substantial' MP's, this was judged as trivia and not for us to find out about. Hypocrites!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Funding has fallen for mental health services, and the Department of Health has admitted this. Giving it to councils only means somewhere along the lines they'll be making cuts.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Looks like our MP's are not fight for the people of our area who voted them in time to get rid of them and vote someone in who will fight for our concerns

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    Dave

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

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