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North Yorkshire Gets Smaller Health Funding Increase Than York or East Riding


3:56pm 10th January 2013

The government's announced how much money will be spent on helping people lead a healthier lifestyle.

Across the country, the budget will be £2.7 billion in 2013/14 while in 2014/15 it will be £2.8 billion.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Too many people die too early from diseases that can be prevented.  I want more people to be able to look forward to an independent and active old age and developing high quality public health services is essential to make this a reality."

 “Today’s announcement is a major investment and a step toward securing these services for the areas that need them most."

“By putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities. Improving the health of local people will be at the heart of everything they do – from social care to transport, housing, planning and environment.”

But there are differences between councils, the City of York and the East Riding get increases of £6 and £5 per head; bringing their grant up to £36 and £27 per person by 2015.

But North Yorkshire comes off worst as the grant per head only goes up from £29 to £32 over the next two years.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant is North Yorkshire's Director of Public Health.


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