Consultations and surveys Budget for Council services 2023/24 to 2025/26

Public Health

Budget and responsibility

Our budget this year is £42.562m with 70 staff.  

Our Public Health Team is responsible for: 

  • children’s Public Health including health visiting and school nursing services 
  • ‘wellbeing’ effects of housing and work 
  • support to reduce smoking and obesity; and
  • increasing physical activity.  

We also provide treatment and prevention support for sexual health and for drug and alcohol use. 

This budget also supports Manchester people to quit smoking, see a health visitor soon after birth and get support for obesity. 

Our Population Health Team leads the city’s Age Friendly Manchester programme. It is also responsible for partnerships that reduce inequalities in the city, and it leads the city’s health protection with infection control and immunisation, as well as health intelligence. 

Our services are creating a groundbreaking drive to reduce the shocking long-term health inequalities many of our communities continue to face – thrown into focus by the pandemic. ‘Making Manchester Fairer’ will kickstart effective action to reduce health inequalities by tackling 'social determinants’ -- the conditions that we are born into and grow up in and that we live, work and age in. 

Our focus is on: 

  • Early years, children and young people 
  • Poverty, income and debt 
  • Work and employment 
  • Prevention of ill- health and preventable deaths 
  • Homes and housing 
  • Places, transport and climate change 
  • Systemic and structural racism and discrimination 
  • Community life and having power over our circumstances.  

We continue to support Mancunians to recover from the pandemic, focusing on: 

  • Healthy people – improving residents’ wellbeing based on the level of support people need to look after their own health. 
  • Healthy places – winning hearts and minds to improve heart and mental health. 
  • Health equity – addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on specific communities, learning lessons to improve the broader health of these communities. 

£1million savings proposed for 2023/24 –2025/26 

  • £330,000 saved from last year 
  • £280,000 set aside for contract costs 
  • £270,000 redesigning school health services
  • £90,000 from unfilled posts
  • £30,000 delaying digital upgrade at the Mcr Active partnership. 

See the full report detailing these proposed savings 

Health Scrutiny Committee – 9 November 2022  - Budget 2023-24  

Have your say by 7 January 2023

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