LGC’s confidence survey reveals that despite a government-imposed ringfence on councils’ new public health budgets, more than a fifth were not confident their budgets for the service had been sheltered.
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Twenty-two per cent said they were “unconfident” or “very unconfident” that their authority had protected public health from cuts.
Respondents were pleased to have taken on the new responsibility, with 41% choosing it as one of the five government policy areas they were most optimistic about.
They were less optimistic about other health reforms, such as the establishment of health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioning groups. Forty per cent listed this among the areas they were least optimistic about.
Although 49% of respondents believed the reforms would give them a greater influence on health outcomes, they were less confident that this would lead to tangible results. Only 23% said they were confident they would demonstrably reduce health inequalities over the next five years.