For quite a while now I have been submitting and managing Freedom of Information requests to more than a hundred universities in the United Kingdom.
While the issue around ever-skyrocketing costs of scholarly journals subscriptions isn’t news, I wanted to see whether, since the topic went in the mainstream, the awareness around it had any effect on what the universities are paying.
Spending by Birmingham City Council on countering obesity has plummeted in the last 12 months, according to data collected by The Bureau Local and shared with Birmingham Eastside.
The figures reveal that funding to tackle obesity in adults dropped by 92% since 2013/2014 — from more than £5.6 million to less than half a million.
Meanwhile, spending related to physical activity in adults has dropped by 20% in the last 12 months alone.
Read the story and see the visualisation for each of the West Midlands’ local authorities like Coventry, Wolverhampton and others here ➡ http://birminghameastside.com/2018/02/08/obesity-funding-birmingham-austerity/