Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Councils use some of the public health funding to pay for exert strategies, weight management services and free leisure facilities

Local councils in England are warning that government cuts to public health funding could hamper their efforts to tackle obesity.

Local Government Association figures show that councils will have expended 505 m by 2017 on opposing obesity.

Councils use the money to measure children’s weight at primary school, help people lose weight and offer free or cheaper leisure facilities.

Public health became the responsibility of local authorities in April 2013.

Before that, it was run by the NHS.

The Department of Health said it was committed to tackling obesity and the government had announced a sugar tax on soft drinks manufacturers earlier in the year.


The Local Government Association( LGA) receives money from the administration has spend on public health, and this sum will fall from 3.38 bn in 2016/17 to 3.13 bn in 2020/21.

The association, which represents more than 370 councils – mostly in England and a few in Wales – said it was set to spend about half a billion pounds on obesity prevention in adults and children over four years.

This was made up as follows ūüėõ TAGEND 2013/14 – 112 m 2014/15 – 126 m 2015/16 – 140 m 2016/17 – 127 m