Ukactive report identifies ‘seismic shift’ in councils’ physical activity spending

Public health spending on tackling England’s inactivity epidemic will double next year, marking a “seismic shift” in local authority thinking, according to a new ukactive report.

Steps to solving inactivity – which follows last year’s Turning the tide of inactivity report – finds that 70 per cent of councils have raised their allocated budget on physical activity for 2014-15 compared to 2013-14. The report notes that 29 per cent of people in England are physically inactive (meaning they do less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week), an issue that Public Health England said recently leads to one in six deaths and costs the country £7.4bn a year.

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