Health care cash helps parks

Some councils have diverted money from health care to parks to plug funding gaps, a report by the British Medical Journal has claimed. It says local authority-run parks and green spaces are among a range of cash-strapped departments whose budgets were topped up by health care money, including trading standards, citizens' advice bureaux, domestic abuse services, housing and sport and leisure centres.

Since the Government transferred public health services, budgets and staff from the NHS to local authorities in April 2013, the ring-fenced public health budgets have not been slashed like other sources of Government funding.

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