'State of Support' - Local Healthwatch finances
This report outlines the funding each local Healthwatch has received to deliver their statutory activities. From a survey of 148 local Healthwatch, working across 152 local authority areas about their funding for 2015/16 indicates that:
- Two thirds of local Healthwatch will maintain or receive an increase in funding.
- There will be a total reduction of £1.4m (4%) affecting 27% of local Healthwatch in 2015-16, although £0.2m of this is related to additional funding for set up costs in 2014-15.
- Of those local Healthwatch facing reductions, the average reduction
While the reasons for funding reductions are often not clear, the most significant funding reductions include those in areas where health and care budgets and services are under pressure including eight local Healthwatch working in challenged health economies, and 11 local Healthwatch working with Trusts in or recently in special measures
We are concerned that in certain areas health and social consumers could be left without a strong voice. We have written to a number of councils where significant reductions in local Healthwatch funding have been reported
Download the report to find out more about the funding situation for 2015/16.