Lambeth and Southwark councils have agreed to end their joint public health arrangement and change the way they work together.
The two boroughs have worked closely together, more formally since 2013 when the government passed the responsibility for public health to local authorities and there will still be significant cross borough collaboration in areas such as social care, preventative work and sexual health services. They have recently agreed a Strategic Partnership on health and social care Integration.
Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth’s Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The huge pressure on our budgets means we have to target our efforts very carefully. Both boroughs are changing dramatically and what was sensible in 2013 no longer meets the separate needs of Lambeth and Southwark.
“Supporting the health and wellbeing of local people is a thread that links Lambeth council’s policies from housing and jobs to education and community safety. We will continue to work closely with colleagues in Southwark and our full range of health partners, including the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group for the benefit of local people.”
Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure said: “Southwark and Lambeth Councils work collaboratively and effectively on many projects, reducing duplication and ensuring we deliver the best services for our residents. Two years ago we entered into a partnership to share a public health function, but we have now decided to return to our previous separate arrangements.
“While we will continue to work jointly where we can be more effective at tackling shared challenges, such as sexual health, both councils feel we need to focus our resources where they are most needed within each borough. Southwark has ambitious plans for improving the health of our borough and our new Public Health Team will help us to achieve our vision.”