The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Health Foundation are inviting local authorities to bid for the new ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’ scheme, which will look to support and promote innovative ways of tackling health inequalities by improving the conditions of where people are born, grow, live, and age in their local areas.
Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, responds to annual adult substance misuse treatment statistics for 2018/19, published by Public Health England.
“Councils invest more than £600 million a year in sexual health services, but rising demand is continuing to push some councils’ sexual health services to capacity. It is therefore essential that the strategy is fully funded."
“The greatest impact for our communities can be achieved through locally-led targeted interventions and local facilities – museums, libraries, leisure centres and parks – which have a major role to play in helping their communities become creative and physically active."
“Adequate funding for public health services, which are provided by councils, is equally important. Public health plays a vital role in promoting and improving wellbeing, preventing ill health and reducing health inequalities."