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Our response to the Spending Review 2015

Published on 25 November 2015
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We've responded with deep concern to today's Spending Review around cuts announced to the public health budget for local councils, and the lack of action taken to adequately fund social care.

The Government has announced that there will be further cuts to the budget local councils receive to spend on public health.

Olivia Belle, our director of external affairs said:“Cutting the public health budget is appallingly short-sighted. We’re heading for an arthritis epidemic and less money means more people living in debilitating pain.We’re heading for an arthritis epidemic and less money means more people living in debilitating pain.Olivia Belle, director of external affairs

"This cut now undermines the investment in the NHS, and will increase the long-term pressure on GP appointments, operation waiting times, and other local health services.

"Vital local programmes relied upon by people with arthritis like tackling obesity and physical inactivity will now be directly at risk of cuts.

"This, along with the continued failure to adequately fund social care and the threat of cutting all central support for public health, imposes an unrealistic burden on local authorities and lets down people with arthritis in the short and long-term."

Look out for further in-depth news on the spending review and what it means for people with arthritis in the coming days.

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