Improving the public's health: local government delivers

The changes to public health over the last six years should be seen as an exemplar of public sector reform.

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Good public health, drawing imaginatively on all of local government’s functions, can make a real, large-scale difference to: promoting the independence of people with long-term chronic conditions; preventing ill health and therefore to reducing pressures on social care and the NHS; improving people’s lives and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.

The data presented in this publication demonstrates that the local authority delivery of public health is effective, accountable, efficient and offers great value for money.