These areas of England have had their public health budgets slashed (Photo: Shutterstock)
Cuts to public health budgets in England have disproportionately impacted the Midlands and the North of England, according to new analysis by the think tanks, IPPR and IPPR North. Overall, public health budgets in England have been cut by £13.20 per person since 2014, and the areas which have seen the worst cuts have also seen some of the worst mortality rates from Covid. These are the areas which have seen the highest cuts to public health funding per person.
The North East has suffered the worst funding cuts, losing £23.24 per person from public health budgets since 2014, and £62 million in total
Public health budgets in the West Midlands have been cut by £17.80 per person, totalling a £106 million cut since 2014.
London has seen the largest gross cut to public health budgets, at £145 million since 2014, equating to £16.23 per person in the capital.
Public health funding in the East Midlands is now £15.25 less per person than in 2014, with cuts of £73 million.
In the North West, public health funding has been cut by £111 million since 2014, meaning a £15.13 cut per person.
In Yorkshire and Humber, there’s £11.44 less per person in public health budgets compared with 2014, after cuts of £63 million.
Cuts of £50 million to public health budgets in the South West equate to an £8.93 per person reduction.
Public health funding in the South East has been reduced by £8.81 per person, or £81 million overall.
The East of England has seen the lowest level of cuts to public health funding since 2014, although budgets have still been reduced by £8.27 per person or £52 million.