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News and jobs updated daily on Edited by Tom Walker. Email: New health budgets confirmed

The government has confirmed the two-year budget that local authorities will work within when they take over public health responsibility from the NHS in April of this year. Th e t ra n sf er o f

responsibility aims to help people live “longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives” by tackling wider determinants of poor health such as housing, planning, licensing, transport and leisure access. For 2013/14, a budget of just under £2.7bn will be distributed among authorities. This will increase to just under £2.8bn in 2014/15. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says: “By

putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities.”

Council to consider AT7 Leisure Centre extension

Coventry City Council will consider a proposal for the addition of an aquatic centre at the AT7 Sports Centre which, if approved, locals fear will see the closure of nearby Foleshill Leisure Centre. An item put before the planning

More GPs should prescribe exercise to their patients, says a new report Earlier this month, a report by the Local

Government Information Unit (LGIU) and London’s Westminster City Council made recommendations for how councils could make the most of their new responsibility for public health. Among other recommendations, it said more GPs should prescribe patients exercise at council leisure facilities, in an effort to get communities more active (see p12).

Mytime Active acquires MEND

Social enterprise Mytime Active has acquired healthy lifestyle provider MEND, which will save the weight management business from going into administration. MEND (Mind, Education,

Nutrition, Do it!) delivers over 200 healthy lifestyle programmes throughout the UK for children and families in local communities. Since being founded

in 2004, MEND has helped more than 55,000 children and adults across the world to improve their health and their lifestyles. As part of the acquisition, a number of

Steve Price, CEO of Mytime Active, which has acquired MEND

staff will transfer across, including dieticians, physical activity specialists and psychologists. In addition to the wealth of knowledge within

the business, MEND has developed a 20-year research partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and University College London Institute of Child Health. Details:

£6m redevelopment of Anlaby leisure centre

Haltemprice Leisure Centre, in Anlaby, Yorkshire, has been given the go-ahead to provide a number of local services under one roof, including a doctor’s surgery, library and customer service centre, as well as a health club and sports facilities.

February 2013 © Cybertrek 2013 The £6m makeover of the leisure centre was

given planning approval on 18 December by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which owns the facility. The scheme will see a Tone Zone fitness suite extended, and the pool and sports hall refurbished.

RLSS has called the figure an “incredible result”

Royal Life Saving Society: ‘no pool deaths in 2012’

According to the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), there were no drowning deaths in public swimming pools anywhere in the UK during 2012. RLSS says that, as the annual number of swimming pool deaths has fluctuated between five and 10 in recent years, the figure is a great achievement. Tara Dillon, executive director of RLSS’s

trading subsidiary IQL, adds: “The news of no pool drownings in 2012 means that all those involved in pool lifeguarding should be very proud. “It is testament to the hard work,

commitment, passion and dedication of pool lifeguards, trainers and approved training centres all working together to achieve this incredible result.”

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committee on 10 January recommends permission is granted for the development of a 25m pool, a learner pool, racing slides, spa, sauna, steamrooms, changing facilities, conference facilities and offices at the Courthouse Green centre. Last year, a petition calling for the preservation of the Foleshill facility attracted 10,000 signatures. The outcome of a public consultation document regarding its future and the city’s leisure facilities is expected in spring. The planning committee item states the

Foleshill centre is not suitable for development as it is too small to accommodate the required range of facilities. The extension to the AT7 centre will see

a football pitch replaced with 216 parking spaces, which Sport England has approved as more people are likely to use swimming facilities than the pitch.

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