Lambeth Council wants to hear public views on the shape of public health services in the future
The London Borough of Lambeth is keen to hear your views on how to make the best use of the money it spends on Public Health. Any Lambeth resident, person or organisation with an interest in Lambeth or provider of health services is welcome to share their views and all views will be considered by the council as it reshapes services to cope with the reduced resources.
Since 2013, Lambeth council has been responsible for Public Health (when responsibility was transferred from the NHS). As with other councils, Lambeth receives a specific Public Health grant from the government which is used to pay for a range of services to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. These include:
- Sexual health (testing, treatment and contraception)
- Drug and alcohol treatment programmes
- Services to promote health improvement such as health visitors, NHS Health Checks, stop smoking services, diet and weight management services, and physical activity services.
Since taking responsibility for the services, the council has been working closely with the NHS, patients, service providers, Public Health specialists and a range of other stakeholders to improve and transform these services so that they achieve the best results for the money spent.
This work will continue this year but the council now know they will receive less money to fund these services. This means work to improve services will have to be paused to address the immediate funding shortfall.
This year, the council will have a shortfall of around £3 million this year, and it is expected there will be further cuts to the Public Health grant each year between now and 2020.
Last financial year, the council covered the £1.9m cut to its Public Health grant from its reserves, but the money the council gets from the government to run its other services keeps reducing. This means there is little possibility that the council can keep filling the gap in Public Health funding. As a result, the council must look for ways to spend less on Public Health while maintaining a good level of service and continuing to try to improve the health of people in Lambeth.
London Borough of Lambeth would like you to share your views on what your priorities around Public Health might be, and help decide how to make the savings and manage with less money.
How to respond
Responses can be given by completing the feedback questionnaire, or attending one of the public meetings.
There will be two drop in sessions across the borough:
- A public meeting supported by Healthwatch on Tuesday 10 May 2016 to be held at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH
- The Mary Seacole Building – 89 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB on Monday 16 May 2016, 10am-4pm.