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Since it was established in 2010, the AGC has produced a number of resources designed to support policymakers, commissioners and providers with their different roles and responsibilities regarding contraceptive services.

  • Latest figures reveal government cuts to the public health grant has slashed contraception spending power by nearly a fifth since 2015 – The Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) has published early findings from its 2019 FOI audit of local authorities. The findings reveal continuedreductions to public health budgets over the last four years, impacting women’s access to vital sexual health services 
  • At tipping point – November 2018 – The Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC), on the back of the BBC’s coverage of closures of local contraceptive services over the summer, has published its latest report from an FOI audit of upper and unitary tier local authorities undertaken in summer 2018. The report outlines the AGC’s concern that continued cuts are disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable women in our society, who often rely on the support of high quality, and easily accessible, reproductive healthcare.


  • Cuts, Closures and Contraception – November 2017  The Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) conducted an FOI audit of all 152 upper and unitary tier local authorities over the summer of 2017. The findings show local authority contraception budgets are being cut and that contraceptive care services have closed or are under threat in more than one third of English local councils since 2015, with the pace of closures accelerating.
  • Private lives, Public health: The changing shape of contraceptive services in England post-2013 – December 2016 – The expert Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) has conducted an audit of the impact of funding cuts and commissioning reforms on contraceptive services in England by analysing the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to all 152 upper tier and unitary councils. The findings show a mixed but worrying picture. While some areas have so far managed to sustain current service provision, there are clear signs that – in line with the experiences of AGC members – full, open access contraceptive care and services are under increasing strain in many places
  • Contraceptive care pathway infographic – March 2016  Our simple infographic sets out the ideal contraceptive care pathway and also highlights ways in which women may struggle to access the best contraceptive method for her. The infographic also sketches the way that fragmented commissioning, tightening public health budgets and increasing demand on general practice are impacting on both women and society.
  • Supporting scrutiny of local contraceptive services – March 2016  Our paper is intended to support local advocates who want to understand access to contraceptive services in their local area and provides a brief overview of how contraceptive services are commissioned and monitored. The paper also outlines specific questions on 10 key drivers of good contraceptive care to help uncover local performance and to support advocates to ensure that all women have access to the contraceptive care they need.
  • Sex lives and commissioning – April 2012 – Findings of an audit of NHS commissioning of contraceptive services in England, undertaken through Freedom of Information requests during 2012.  The audit demonstrates that 35% of PCTs had in place some form of restriction on access to contraceptives or services.
  • Developing PREMs for contraceptive services – May 2011 – Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) seek to capture people’s experience of the care process.  This thought paper sets out potential metrics which contraceptive services should consider using to capture and assess women’s experiences in the care of contraceptive services.