Jo Cox, MP for Batley & Spen:
“The government’s attitude toward local councils is much worse than neglect. They are intent on cutting budgets to such an extent as to make it impossible to for services and decision-making to be done locally. As well as doing profound harm to communities, this is not democratic.
Cuts to Public Health in Kirklees, which helps to reduce things like obesity, smoking and drug and alcohol abuse, will have a very serious impact on people in my constituency – as will the reduction in local sexual health and school nursing provision.
The wrong is magnified by the fact that other government cuts are plunging more and more people into poverty and increasing the demand for these very same services.
Also, this cut to Public Health does not pass the economic test. The removal of these vital services will cost the NHS, hence the taxpayer, more in the long run.
It should be obvious that providing support to help an expectant mother to stop smoking will save the NHS money later.
Nowhere is the proverb “a stitch in time saves nine” more true than in Public Health. These cuts will seriously hurt local people, and will cost the taxpayer more in the long run.”