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Jeremy Hilton slams Public Health Budget Cuts for Gloucestershire

August 27, 2015 7:21 PM

Figures released recently by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £1.546 million cut to the public health budget in Gloucestershire. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS. Currently, Gloucestershire County Council spends £24.934 million on Public Health this will now drop to £23.338 million.

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. The county council's Active Together grant scheme is funded by the Public Health budget.

Jeremy Hilton"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 Lib Dem Leader Cllr. Jeremy Hilton.

"It hasn't taken the Tories long to cut the Public Health budget. With absolute power and without the Lib Dems to hold them back, the Tories are slashing the budget devised to improve people's health. Liberal Democrats say these are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way and they will end up costing the Government and the NHS more than is saved."