Public Health Grant 2014/15

Date: 01/07/2014
Ref: PR 4616

Wakefield Council's Cabinet is to discuss the use of the public health grant over the next year.

Since taking over public health functions from the NHS last year, Wakefield Council has been assessing how the district's public health grant - £20.797m for 2014/15 – should be best spent to provide more effective and efficient services.

The report to Cabinet highlights that following a review a number of services have already been decommissioned, while new contracts for the re-commissioning of services covering sexual health, alcohol and substance misuse and stop smoking will start in 2015.

The new arrangements are expected to free up funds that will be used to support services focusing on:

• giving children the best start in life
• healthy schools and pupils
• helping people to find new jobs and stay healthy in work
• healthy ageing.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet member for Adults and Health, said: "The reviewing of all commissioned public health services is helping to ensure that we are making the best possible use of our resources while providing the services people need."

The report states that services receiving funding will need to demonstrate, through a public health delivery agreement, how they are delivering better public health outcomes.

The report is being discussed by the Council's key decision makers on July 8. ​