Nearly £100 million will be given to a local authority due to take over aspects of welfare from a health body over the next two years.

Essex County Council will receive a grant of £48,874,000 from the Department of Health in the 2013 to 2014 financial year and £50,242,000 for the following 12 months to run services such as the national child measurement programme, health checks and sexual health clinics.

The council is taking over the roles from the county’s primary care trusts, which are due to be disbanded on March 31.

It has announced that its priorities for improving public health will include tackling smoking, alcohol and drug misuse and obesity, as well as focussing on breast feeding, physical activity and mental health.