Published: 23rd Jul 2012

One of the elements of health reform that could have real positive impact is the move of public health into local government. If we get this right, I believe it can have a major impact for our communities and see a more joined up approach in many areas of activity. There is however a huge problem on the horizon which could have a key impact on the voluntary and community sector and the people we seek to serve. While government has agreed to ring-fence public health spend for the next financial year – essentially guaranteeing local authorities the same money as the primary care trust was spending in their area – the future is not so rosy in the longer term for the most deprived areas. The new formula, from the Advisory Council of Resource Allocation, does not have a heavy bias to deprivation and as a result will, if … (To read the full article, subscribe below)