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:


The role of culture and leisure in improving health and wellbeing

There is a vital role for culture and leisure to play in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities, helping tackle unhealthy lifestyles and the social determinants of health, offering cost effective and creative solutions and engaging with communities, families and individuals in managing their wellbeing.


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.


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.


Shortlist for City of Football

Sport England has announced the names of cities that have been shortlisted to become England's first 'City of Football', demonstrating a commitment to promoting all forms of the grassroots game.


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.

National Children and Adult Services Conference

This year's National Children and Adult Services conference was attended by over a 1,000 delegates.


Moving more, Living more forums

The Local Government Association (LGA), UKactive, Public Health England and the County Sports Partnership Network were delighted at the response to the five Moving more, Living more forums held across England.


Making Active Lives Possible

The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) initiative seeks to increase levels of participation by disabled people (including those with long-term health conditions) in fitness and health programmes of all kinds. (Pic courtesy of VisitEngland)


Inclusive Fitness Initiative launched

The Inclusive Fitness Initiative ‘IFI Mark' accreditation is the health and fitness sector's national accreditation scheme for providing inclusive and accessible leisure services. (Pic courtesy of London 2012).


Health and Wellbeing Boards – integrated care and system leadership

Local system leadership is required to ensure that the totality of public resources are brought together to address shared priorities for health improvement.

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.