Cllr Richard Kemp, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Liverpool, has slammed figures released by the Department for Health that show the Conservative government is planning a further cut by 5% to the public health budget in Liverpool from 1st April.
The plans will reduce the budget to £47,171,000 - a cut of 5% from the original budget for this year and it will be followed by a further £1,000,000 cut next year.
The budget pays to help improve people's health – and stop them getting ill in the first place - so there is less pressure on the NHS. Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
Cllr Kemp said:
"This cut will mean that local residents are less likely to make good decisions on their health, and when they do need help it is less likely to be there for them, says Liverpool Lib Dem Leader Cllr Richard Kemp. Cllr Kemp who is also the Public Health Spokesperson for the Local Government Association points out that £200 million was removed from this year’s national public health budget in June and a further £311 million was removed in yesterday’s settlement.
"Liberal Democrats say these are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way. All studies show that a £1 spent on public health saves, over the next few years, £15 in other parts of the Health Service so they will end up costing the Government and the NHS more than is saved. This is especially true in Liverpool where we have an obesity epidemic and a rapidly growing elderly population."