3. Cycle spending that makes a tangible contribution to other government departments should be funded from those budgets

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: A new priority for investing public funds

3. Cycle spending that makes a tangible contribution to other government departments, such as Health, Education, Sport and Business, should be funded from those budgets, not just the DfT.


Official Department for Transport Response…

In recognition of the contribution cycling (and walking) make to health, the Department of Health (DH) has announced new funding of £1 million over the next two years to be shared across at least four of the eight Cycling Ambition Grant cities. This funding complements the cycling investment in these cities by encouraging individuals to walk more. DfT is working with DH and Public Health England to help cities to use this revenue funding to ensure that wider investment in cycling delivers improved population health and a reduction in health inequalities.

Across the country as a whole, cycling stands to benefit from the Government’s healthcare reforms where it can be used to deliver against local health priorities. Responsibility and funding (worth £5.45 billion over the next two years) for public health has been devolved to local authorities. This places local authorities in a much stronger position to address the wider determinants of health, including transport, through adopting a more holistic approach to the planning and delivery of local services. Statutory guidance from DH specifically mentions the need for Health and Wellbeing Boards to consider transport as a wider determinant of health when drawing up Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and highlights the opportunity to use Health and Wellbeing Strategies to join up health and transport services.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport also fund cycling at elite and community levels through the arms length bodies UK Sport and Sport England who both work with British Cycling.

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