FSRH supports joint submission to the Spending Review on local public health funding
Date: 05 Oct 2020
Type: FSRH Consultation Responses
FSRH, Cancer Research UK, and 55 other organisations have submitted a representation to the Treasury on the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 regarding local public health funding. We propose that the UK Government must place public health, prevention and health promotion at the heart of policy and our nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Services that prevent ill-health, improve population health and enable community health promotion have been threatened in recent years by continuous cuts to the public health grant. The public health grant has been cut by 22% since 2015, despite a growing and urgent need for investment in public health and prevention. Sexual and reproductive health services, funded through the public health grant, have been cut by 25% between 2014 and 2020.
In our response, we argue that a strong commitment to prioritise and adequately fund public health locally, regionally and nationally must be at the core of the government’s spending priorities.