Public health ‘improving despite cuts’

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Councils in England say there has been a marked improvement in public health since they took over responsibility for delivering services nearly six years ago, despite budget cuts.

The Local Government Association points to a fall in the number of smokers, fewer teenage pregnancies and a decrease in the suicide rate.

But it advises progress could stop in case there is further fund cuts.

The government has said councils will get PS1. 3bn extra next financial year.

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