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After considering the consultation responses, the department has decided to proceed with the savings by reducing each local authority’s (LA) grant by an equal percentage. This was option C in the consultation document. The saving will be implemented through a reduction in the fourth quarterly instalment of the grant, which will be brought forward from January 2016 to November 2015.
The decision on how much is spent on each public health service rests solely with individual LAs in accordance with local population needs and priorities, and their statutory duties.
The department received 219 responses from LAs, stakeholders, third sector organisations and individual members of the health and care workforce. Out of the total of 152 LAs in England with public health duties, 123 (81%) responded.
As part of wider government action on deficit reduction, the Department of Health (DH) has been asked to deliver savings of £200 million in the financial year 2015 to 2016 through reductions to the Public Health Grant to local authorities (LAs).
This consultation sets out possible options on how the £200 million savings might be spread across LAs and asks 3 questions on how they can be delivered most fairly and effectively.
To help inform the consultation process, the current preferred option is set out in Question 1 but respondents are welcome to suggest other alternatives not included in the consultation.