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A Dose of Localism: The Role of Councils in Public Health


A dose of localism

The transfer of public health from the NHS to local government has been welcomed. It is local government services, such as housing and environmental health, that have the most significant impact on public health outcomes.

However, local government is receiving responsibility for public health at a challenging time. On the one hand, local government faces a significant increase in demand – cases of diabetes, dementia and heart disease are set to increase rapidly. But on the other hand councils also face a reduction in resource.

The LGiU believes that realising the full potential of the transfer of public health, and meeting the current resource challenge, local government will need to:

  • Integrate public health across all service areas
  • Help communities to provide services for themselves
  • Invest in prevention.

This report, produced with Westminster Council examines these aims and provides recommendations to advance them.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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