Joined up thinking and funding essential for England’s health

23 October 2014

The charity Sustrans has warned that without long term consistent funding and cross government support for local authorities, today’s framework from Public Health England will fail to meet the challenge of physical inactivity.

Sustrans was responding to Everybody Active, Every Day, a framework from Public Health England, for national and local action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

Philip Insall, Director of Health for Sustrans commented:

“People are not moving anymore. Physical inactivity and the diseases it causes are creating one of the biggest health challenges ever faced by the NHS.”

“With physical inactivity being responsible for 1 in 6 deaths, a problem this big cannot be tackled by one department alone and joined up thinking across government is essential.”

“We need to enable people to make physical activity part of their everyday lives, making it easier and safer to walk and cycle more of their local journeys.

“That will need long term, consistent funding for cycling and walking – at least £10 per head for cycling and an appropriate increase in funding for walking. Government must also ensure consistent revenue funding alongside capital funding and provide support, development and training for health providers and local authorities.

“Without these vital elements we will not see a transformation in physical activity.”