CIEH Chief Executive Graham Jukes comments on agreed Government spending cuts before Spending Review

Publication Date: 9th November 2015

Subject: CIEH

Following the announcement by the Chancellor that four Government departments have agreed to implement budget cuts of 30%, Graham Jukes OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said:  

“The speech is pretty low on detail and high on rhetoric. It is not clear how these cuts will impact on local services and whether the full 30% will cascade down directly to local government. If it does, by any measure 30% over four years given the cuts already borne by local government over the last five years is a significant figure and will require fundamental re-engineering of the public sector if it is to deliver necessary services.

“In the world of environmental health, this will continue to mean reprioritising of services and functions, stopping functions altogether and closing down innovative pilots that might have informed the way forward for adequate service delivery. The worst hit will be unitary authorities and those in metropolitan areas with large populations. Taken with the announcement last week of the way that the £200m savings from the local government allocation will be made this is bad news.

Graham Jukes added: “As a result, there is a very real risk that people’s health and wellbeing will be adversely effected, especially the most vulnerable in our society, through services ensuring that our food is safe to eat, rented housing is fit for occupation, poor environmental or social conditions are addressed and ensuring basic public health standards are maintained – the list goes on.

“The continual slow-down in the ability of local authorities to address the preventative agendas that stop people getting ill in the first place will place further pressure on the NHS which is already under enough stress.”  

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries. 

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