The LGA is campaigning for an enhanced role for all councils and elected members; ensuring local democratic leadership of strategies and commissioning and building on our response to adult social care (Dilnot).

The LGA also aims to:

  • provide support to local authorities and health and wellbeing boards on embedding and utilising the local health reforms, engendering future innovative practice 
  • develop the Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme, grant funded by the Department of Health, in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England, Healthwatch England, and the NHS Confederation.
  • support Peer Challenge as a cornerstone of the system improvement programme, applying the sector led improvement approach
  • bring together national and local stakeholders to develop a programme of exploratory and forward thinking health and wellbeing challenges. 

In this section:


£5.4 million lottery funding to tackle inactivity

Sixteen schemes across the country have been awarded Sport England funding to help transform lives by supporting inactive people to get moving.


Stockport's actiSport case study

actiSPORT is a new programme being delivered by lifeLEISURE in partnership with FitLinxx. This pioneering programme is combining innovative technology and behaviour change principles to target sedentary or obese people in Stockport.


Sporta and Sport England programme – ‘Make Your Move'

'Make Your Move' is a £2.14 million Sport England Lottery funded programme for Sporta member trusts who manage leisure and culture facilities and provide community development and health programmes.


Sport England/LGA sport portfolio member network events

Sport England and the LGA invite sport portfolio holders to join them at one of three workshops to share their concerns, challenges and solutions and hear how Sport England can help and support them.


Sing to Live, Live to Sing – Harnessing the power of music to improve community wellbeing

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Service and Public Health teams collaborated on six weekly singing for health workshops in two areas of high social and economic deprivation.


Simply Connect! Libraries breaking social isolation

Northamptonshire County Council, working with LibraryPlus, is organising a one-day event entitled 'Simply Connect! Libraries breaking social isolation' showcasing examples of innovative practice of libraries helping to break social isolation.


Rochdale: An interview guarantee for ex-service personnel

Rochdale is leading the way in helping former service men and women make the shift back to civilian life.


Public health budget cut announced

The Chancellor has announced a series of in-year budget cuts, including a £200 million reduction in public health funding.


Public health

The transfer of public health from the NHS to local government and Public Health England (PHE) is one of the most significant extensions of local government powers and duties in a generation. It represents a unique opportunity to change the focus from treating sickness to actively promoting health and wellbeing.

Integrated Care – Better Care Fund

The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund (formerly Integration Transformation Fund) was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care. The BCF is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas.

Health and wellbeing peer challenge

Peer challenges are free to councils and health and wellbeing boards. They involve bespoke teams of peers from a range of organisations working on site with the council and its partners for four days.



Community Wellbeing Board

The Community Wellbeing Board has responsibility for Local Government Association's (LGA) activity in the areas of the wellbeing of adults, including health and social care. Board papers can be accessed from this link.