On 23 January 2012, the Government made further announcements on its ambitions for a new public health system. For the first time, public health will be measured against a framework, which sets out 66 health measures so councils and the Government are able to see real improvements being made and take any action needed.

In 2012/13 around £5.2bn will be spent on public health services.

From April 2013, councils get a ring-fenced budget and can choose how they spend it according to the needs of their population. A new health premium will reward areas that make progress.