Public health cuts called ‘false economy’ by MPs

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Government cuts to public health budgets are a ‘false economy’, MPs have announced.

In 2015, councils had some £200 million stripped from public health funding, which came shortly after taking over responsibility for services from the NHS.

The House of Commons Health Committee calls for a cabinet office minister responsible for ensuring all government policy takes health into account. Their report also suggests that councils should be required to consider the health implications of planning and licensing decisions – and should also have power to do so by law.

It is a call on the Prime Minister to fulfil her pledge to end the ‘burning injustice’ of shorter lifespans for the poor by boosting public health, after the criticism of the newly released childhood obesity strategy.

Committee Chair Dr Sarah Wollaston said: ‘The disappointing watering down of the childhood obesity strategy, published in August, demonstrates the gap in joined-up evidence-based policy to improve health and wellbeing.

‘Government must match the rhetoric on reducing health inequality with a resolve to t...