PLANS to transfer public health responsibilities to Barnsley Council have been approved.

As of next month, the council will be responsible for all aspects of public health and will look to tackle the causes of ill health and reduce health inequalities.

The NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group will replace NHS Barnsley and will commission health services across the borough.

A total of 38 staff will transfer to the council from NHS Barnsley and the director of public health will lead a team with support staff.

A public health grant has been given to the council to allow it to carry its duties.

The Department of Health budget allocation for Barnsley is £13,570,900 for 2013/2014 and £14,242,600 for 2014/15.

This money will used to fund the children, young people and families substance misuse and the drug and alcohol action team but will also cover staffing costs and contracts.