4 December 2016
Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to the announcement by NHS England that it will fund a trial of the HIV treatment PrEP.
17 August 2015
This response has been agreed by the LGA's Community Wellbeing Programme Board and SOLACE.
12 February 2015
On 13 February, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to each council Chief Executive setting out the final funding allocations for the commissioning of 0-5 children's public health services.
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.
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.
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..
This briefing gives the LGA's views on the public health funding settlement for local authorities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These nine case studies showcase local government experience of commissioning sexual health services since taking over this responsibility in April 2013.
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 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.
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.
Health checks could save your life – say councils
10 January 2017
LGA responds to NHS announcement on HIV treatment PrEP
4 December 2016