£5.45bn ring-fenced for public health

Published: 23rd April, 2013 in: News

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that control of public health budgets will be handed to local authorities in England after being ring-fenced for two years from April 2013.

 In 2013-14 the budget will be £2.66bn, and will rise to £2.79bn in 2014-15.  Funds will be targeted at areas with worst health outcomes.

Local authorities will be free to spend the money wherever they think it will improve health and well-being.