£27 million to improve health across the city
BRISTOL is set to receive £27.3 million of funding to improve the health of people in the city.
The Department of Health announced additional funding for local authorities yesterday that must go towards public health initiatives.
Bristol's share of £5.45 billion will see its public health budget rise by £4.3 million in April, to £62 per person while in 2014 the city council will receive £29.1 million or £66 per person.
In North Somerset the funding from April will be £7.38 million or £35 per person, rising to £7.6 million or £36 per person the following year, while South Gloucestershire's protected public health budget will be £6.68 million or £25 per person in the coming year and £7.35 million or £27 per head from April 2014.
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Bristol mayor George Ferguson said: "This is tremendous news at a time when central government is putting such a squeeze on local authority spending
"I very much welcome the fact there is a significant increase in funding for public health in Bristol.
"It is absolutely right that we should be doing more to help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. Combined with the move of public health to local authorities, this represents a real opportunity to transform people's lives for the better, and look at health from a holistic point of view."
In North Somerset the money will focus on areas of health inequality, such as sexual health, teenage pregnancies and mental wellbeing.