Council opposes Public Health funding cuts

Plymouth City Council is standing up to projected funding cuts for Public Health.

In 2018-19 and 2019-20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before and by 2020-21, the Government plans to phase out the Public Health Grant altogether.

Following on from a Motion on Notice at last month’s full Council meeting, Council Leader Tudor Evans and Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care Ian Tuffin have written to Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care.

Councillor Evans explained: “We have made clear to Mr Brine in no uncertain terms that public health funding is vital to Plymouth and that the government must recognise the damage they could do to ordinary people’s health through their continuing, irresponsible cuts.

“In Plymouth, public health funding provides campaigns and initiatives that helps to prevent deaths. It provides information that keep people out of costly hospital beds and in the economy. It educates families in how to keep their children healthy.

“Mr Brine must see that taking these things away from the people of Plymouth is not acceptable and that this Council will continue to rail against his hatchet cuts until we have a fair deal for our residents.”