South Tyneside’s health budget cut by £887,000

Public health budgets pay for drug and alcohol services among other things.
Public health budgets pay for drug and alcohol services among other things.

South Tyneside Council is facing a health budget cut of almost £900,000.

Figures released by the Royal College of Nursing reveal that the borough’s local authority will suffer cuts of £887,000 from the former NHS budget.

There will be an adverse impact on numerous public spending areas including the police, the NHS, and social care services.

Coun Ed Malcolm

The North East and Cumbria have historically had higher public health funding in recognition of its greater health inequalities, but the Government’s proposal for a blanket 6.2% reduction means that the region is likely to be disproportionately disadvantaged.

The money is used to fund things like alcohol and drug services, sexual health services, and school nursing.

Royal College of Nursing Northern region spokesman, Jake Turnbull, said: “By imposing these cuts on local government, Westminster is once again showing it’s complete disregard for the needs of the North and our most vulnerable citizens.”

Coun Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources and innovation at South Tyneside Council, said: “South Tyneside Council does not support the reduction to public health allocations. Public health spending produces a significant return on investment, and therefore it is at odds with the Government’s deficit reduction strategy to reduce spending on public health programmes.

“There will be an adverse impact on numerous public spending areas including the police, the NHS, and social care services.”