Johnny Mercer MP has secured a commitment from government Health Ministers to look again the target funding awarded to local authorities.
Prior to the 2015 General Election, the Coalition Government, after consultation with the local government sector, decided to apply uniform decreases to local authorities public health grants in order to help in the effort to reduce the deficit and promote economic growth. However, since being elected in May 2015, the Plymouth MP has made it a central tenant of his work to fight for a better settlement.
Following meetings with Ministers, bosses at Public Health England, extensive correspondence and questions in the House of Commons, Johnny secured a commitment from the Public Health Minister to look again at the question of target allocations following the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on local authorities retaining all if the income from business rates.
My Mercer, said:
“Public health allocations has been a big deal for me since I was elected in May 2015. Amongst the first letters I wrote were those lobbying Ministers for a better settlement for Plymouth.
“I recognise this is nowhere near the end of the line when it comes to fighting for a better public health funding settlement for Plymouth, but this is a positive commitment to have received from the Department of Health and I am pleased to see that they are willing to listen to the concerns of backbench MPs.
“I will continue to work with local public stakeholders while ensuring the necessary pressure is applied on central government to allow them to see things from a Plymouth perspective.”
The Department of Health will subsequently look again the question of public health allocations in light of the DCLG consultation, engaging with leading local government and public health stakeholders as they do.
Notes to editors
Johnny Mercer MP’s question to the DoH can be found here and was followed up in correspondence.