Cuts to local authority spending on public health and culture

Analysis by the King’s Fund has revealed that local authorities are planning average cuts to their public health budgets of around 9% next year. This is alongside planned cuts to culture budgets of 6%.

The research by the King’s Fund’s David Buck is on data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government and combines the planned budgets of all local authorities in England. The cuts are the result of the Government’s Budget announcement earlier this year of an overall cut in public health spending. Buck describes the cuts as a “false economy”.