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.

The LGA is working  to support the transfer of public health in the following ways: 

  • working with DH and local authorities to ensure the smooth transfer of the public health workforce to local government
  • ensuring that the public health grant to local will be based on a realistic assessment of the costs of providing public health services, be allocated on a fair basis and be adequate
  • providing good practice resources  and case studies for local authorities and their partners
  • organising events and publishing materials on specific public health themes.

Cold weather plan for England

The plan includes plan and evidence summary on planning to protect health in cold weather. This plan is valid from October 2016 until further notice.

Putting community pharmacy at the heart of the NHS

In this briefing the LGA expresses its concerns that the focus on the integration of community pharmacy with the NHS ignores the role of pharmacy in the community as a much needed social and economic asset..

Public health funding in 2016/17 and 2017/18

This briefing gives the LGA's views on the public health funding settlement for local authorities.

LGA response to consultation on £200m reduction to public health budgets

At a time when the Government has issued its firm commitment to the NHS Five Year Forward View, with prevention put very much at its heart, to cut the public health budget in-year is short-sighted, short-term and unwarranted.

FGM resource

Information for councillors and those working to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). There is no cultural or religious justification for FGM and it has been illegal in this country since 1985. If it is performed on a British citizen in the UK or overseas it is a crime.

LGA Public Health Opinion Survey 2015

The LGA surveyed the key decision makers in local government about their perceptions of public health, the priorities councils have set themselves and their ambitions for the future.

Public health transformation 20 months on

This compilation of case studies shows how local authorities are continuing to make progress on improving health and wellbeing and tackling health inequalities since public health was formally transferred in April 2013.

Sexual health commissioning in local government

These nine case studies showcase local government experience of commissioning sexual health services since taking over this responsibility in April 2013.

English devolution: local solutions for a healthy nation

This publication captures the thoughts of councillors, directors of public health, providers, commissioners, academics and other key opinion formers, on the challenges and opportunities devolution could bring in terms of improving the public's health.

Public health transformation nine months on: bedding in and reaching out

Public health made the formal transfer to local government in April 2013, and in the subsequent months great strides have been made to tackle the wider social and economic determinants of poor health. This resource commissioned by the LGA and PHE describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.

Improving the public's health: a resource for local authorities

The King's Fund has published a new set of resources exploring how investing in the right public health interventions provides an excellent return on investment for councils as well as improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.


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