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Leicester City Council – involving local residents

Leicester City Council and its partners have used community involvement in regenerating housing and the neighbourhood on the Braunstone Estate

Bristol – 20mph speed limits in areas of high health inequalities

Background The Marmot Review ‘Fair society, healthy lives' states that: "targeting [20 mph] zones in deprived residential areas would help lead to reductions in health inequalities".

Reducing harm from cold weather – local government's new public health role

Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, these weather conditions are also associated with an increase in illness and injuries. Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu and other diseases. People slip and fall in the snow or ice, sometimes suffering serious injuries.

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.

Making every contact count – taking every opportunity to improve health and wellbeing

How do we make the most of each and every opportunity to help people improve their health and wellbeing? Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to improving health and reducing health inequalities developed by the NHS and local government.

Tackling chlamydia: Local government's new public health role

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection which affects around two to three per cent of sexually active young adults. Rates are higher in young people from deprived neighbourhoods.

Public health transformation twenty months on: adding value to tackle local health needs

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. It follows last year's compilation, Public health transformation nine months on: bedding in and reaching out.

Working with business to improve the health of our communities

This resource 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.

Healthier food procurement

How councils can lead by example with healthy catering and vending

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. The studies demonstrate how commissioners have grasped the opportunities of having a local government base.