Public health

Councils get funding to deliver milk and healthy snack scheme

02/08/2021

Scottish local authorities will receive up to £12m funding to ensure all eligible pre-schoolers get milk and a healthy snack.

MPs call for a new exercise campaign to get children more active

29/07/2021

The Government should encourage children to become more active by launching a sports equivalent to the '5 A Day' campaign by the end of this year, MPs have said today.

Eight more regions to become Project ADDER Accelerator sites

28/07/2021

Eight more local authorities will become Project ADDER Accelerator sites to help tackle drug misuse and crack-down on drug-related crime.

North and Midlands see greatest levels of smoking-related poverty

23/07/2021

The number of smokers living in poverty is concentrated in the North and Midlands, according to new research.

Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate

19/07/2021

Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.

'Deeply concerning' rise in alcohol-related deaths during pandemic

15/07/2021

Increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic has led to a 'deeply concerning' increase in deaths, new figures have warned.

Local government funding cuts have ‘cost lives’, study warns

15/07/2021

Cuts in local government funding over recent years have cost lives and reduced life expectancy, academics have warned in a new study.

Review calls for significant investment in drug treatment

08/07/2021

Local authorities should be given an extra £550m over the next five years to deliver drug treatment in their local communities, an independent review has said today.

Inquiry finds people in poorest areas 'nearly four times more likely' to die from COVID

06/07/2021

People living in the poorest parts of England were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the wealthiest areas, new research has uncovered.

People living in poorest areas most likely to be obese, think tank finds

05/07/2021

There has been a 'significant' increase in obesity in the most deprived communities in England, a think tank has warned today.

A diverse approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy

01/07/2021

Cllr Khtija Malik outlines Luton’s multi-layered approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy within some communities, and says more help is needed from the Government to help the town bounce back from the ravages of the pandemic.

Councils secure funding for new weight management services

01/07/2021

Councils will receive £30m of new funding to help adults achieve a healthier weight and improve wellbeing.

Councils need more data for test and trace, says watchdog

25/06/2021

Local authorities’ involvement in test and trace has improved the service – but councils still need more data, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Pregnant women could be offered vouchers to stop smoking

25/06/2021

Pregnant women could be offered up to £400 in shopping vouchers to encourage them to quit smoking under new guidelines published today.

Government to set new targets on air pollution

18/06/2021

The Government will increase funding to local authorities and set new legal targets on air pollution in a bid to prevent further deaths.

Calls to invest £1bn a year in wild spaces to boost public’s health

04/06/2021

A new report has called for an urgent £1bn per year funding package to restore nature at scale.

New framework for public health approach to modern slavery launched

03/06/2021

A new framework for a public health approach to tackling modern slavery has been made available for local authorities to access.

Calls for consultation on raising the age of sale for tobacco

28/05/2021

A health charity has called for a consultation on raising the age of sale for tobacco to 21 to help cut the number of smokers by thousands every year.

Initial lockdown caused 'unprecedented' drop in activity levels

30/04/2021

The pandemic had an ‘unprecedented impact’ on activity levels during the initial restrictions, according to new research.

MPs call for review of 'dangerous' obesity strategy

09/04/2021

The Government’s Obesity Strategy has been branded as ‘dangerous’ for people with negative body image by MPs.

Public health funding frozen or cut for 100 councils

06/04/2021

Spending per capita has fallen for 31 authorities and frozen for a further 69 after new spending commitments are taken into account.

Council reassures residents after Avian Flu detected on farm

30/03/2021

A one kilometre restriction zone has been set up around a poultry farm in Tarporley as Cheshire West and Chester Council respond to an outbreak of Avian Flu.

New 'Singapore-style' Office will tackle leading health risks

29/03/2021

A new 'Singapore style' Office for Health Promotion will systematically tackle the ‘top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK’, the Government announced today.

Councils call for public health funding boost

23/03/2021

The Government should increase the public health grant to at least £3.9bn by 2024/25 to reduce health inequalities and protect from future outbreaks, local leaders have argued.

Smokers in England cost local care services £1.2bn each year

23/03/2021

Smokers in England need care 10 years sooner than non-smokers, which places a considerable burden on local social care services, research reveals.

Charity criticises 'small' increase in public health funding

17/03/2021

The Government has increased councils' public health grants by £45m for 2021/22.

England to miss 'smoke-free’ target by 21 years, research suggests

08/03/2021

It will take 21 years longer than expected for England to become smoke-free at a cost of over £40.4bn in local authority, social care and NHS costs, new analysis has revealed.

Majority of parents warn pandemic has made children less active

08/03/2021

More than two-thirds of parents have warned their children are less physically active than before the start of the pandemic in a new survey.

Funding boost for councils’ weight management services

04/03/2021

The Government has announced £100m funding to help adults and children achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

Councils fear homelessness ‘tidal wave’

01/03/2021

Local authorities are braced for a surge in the number of homeless people as protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to lapse.

LGA responds to white paper plans to radically reform the NHS

11/02/2021

Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government sets out its white paper plans to overhaul the NHS.

Report calls for a joined up public health approach to gangs

08/02/2021

Local authorities are failing to tackle the key drivers for youth violence in their areas, the Children's Commissioner has warned in a new report.

Councils face funding shortfall for self-isolation schemes

03/02/2021

Funding for council schemes supporting people forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 do not go far enough, according to new research.

Alcohol-related deaths hit record high during pandemic

03/02/2021

Alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales rose to record highs during the first nine months of 2020, official figures have revealed.

Councils welcome £148m funding boost to cut misuse of drugs

20/01/2021

Five areas across England will pilot a new approach to tackling drug misuse under plans announced today by the Government.

Councils voice concerns over drop in number of children being active

15/01/2021

Less than half of children and young people are physically active for the recommended hour or more a day, a new survey has revealed.

Cheshire leaders put concerns to Government on jabs, lockdown and schools

13/01/2021

Council leaders in Cheshire and their partners have written to the Government laying out their concerns about the vaccination rollout, the current lockdown arrangements and schools.

Closure of leisure centres to cost £7.25m in missed health savings

08/01/2021

The continued closure of sport and leisure facilities during the latest lockdown will cost £7.25m in missed health savings, new analysis has revealed.

Calls for 'credible plan' to keep people active during lockdown

06/01/2021

The Government has been urged to create a 'credible plan' to help people stay active during the winter.

Majority of adults determined to lead healthier lifestyles in the face of COVID-19

05/01/2021

Seven in 10 adults say that the threat of the coronavirus has motivated them to lead healthier lives this year, a public health survey has revealed.

Councils resist pressure to reopen schools

04/01/2021

Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

Lack of data is hampering local responses to new virus variant, says Lord Porter

24/12/2020

District councils are unable to deliver a local response to the new variant of COVID-19 due to a lack of ‘accurate, good quality data’, according to Lord Porter of Spalding.

'Bitter disappointment' greets tiers review

17/12/2020

Millions more people are facing tougher restrictions from this weekend in an effort to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases in the east and south-east of England.

Government urged to 'Build Back Fairer’ in new Marmot review

15/12/2020

A new generation of children and young people face shorter lives and worsening health, a new report has warned.

Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales hits record high

15/12/2020

The number of homeless people dying in England and Wales has reached the highest level since records began in 2013, according to official figures.

London enters tier three restrictions

14/12/2020

The Government’s timetable for COVID-19 tier reviews has been pre-empted with the imposition of extra restrictions on London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Rough sleepers to get extra support for drug and alcohol dependency

14/12/2020

Extra funding will be given to 43 areas across England to help rough sleepers recover from drug and alcohol misuse.

Boost to local test and trace funding

11/12/2020

The increase of up to £200m per month follows criticism from the National Audit Office.

Council drops COVID tier three legal challenge

09/12/2020

Stratford-on-Avon DC said new information had come to light following a response from the Government.

Public health cuts biggest in North East

09/12/2020

The Midlands and the North have suffered the biggest public health cuts in England, new analysis has revealed.

Review of gambling laws should take ‘public health approach’ says alliance

08/12/2020

A ‘public health approach’ should be at the heart of the review of gambling laws, an alliance has urged today.

Care home workers take vaccine priority over NHS

04/12/2020

Care home workers have been given top priority in the COVID-19 vaccination programme following a revision of Government guidance.

Report calls for an improved public health system to prevent thousands of premature deaths

30/11/2020

The public health system should be reformed to prevent at least 77,000 premature deaths every year, a new report has argued.

PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'

24/11/2020

The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

‘Forgotten city’ in plea for government aid

17/11/2020

The leader of Hull City Council has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to plead for additional support amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Councils bid for vaccine role

16/11/2020

Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

Childhood obesity rises again in past year

30/10/2020

Children living in the most deprived areas are more than twice as likely to be obese as those in the least deprived, new figures have revealed.

Barking & Dagenham offers same-day testing to key workers

26/10/2020

Barking & Dagenham LBC is thought to have become the first in England to set up a same-day COVID testing service for key workers, to sidestep delays in the national system for tests and results.

Councils gain COVID enforcement powers

23/10/2020

Councils are to be given new powers to issue businesses with improvement notices and close premises if they breach coronavirus restrictions.

Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 as talks collapse

20/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Greater Manchester will head into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday after talks with local leaders broke up without a deal.

Greater Manchester's mayor will not 'roll over' on COVID cash

19/10/2020

Greater Manchester’s standoff with government on moving to new tier three COVID-19 restrictions continues today, with mayor Andy Burham saying he will not ‘roll over’ at the sight of a cheque.

Manchester leaders unite to oppose Tier 3 restrictions

15/10/2020

Local leaders across Greater Manchester have rejected plans to put the region into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

PM pledges extra £1bn for local government amid three-tier system

12/10/2020

Boris Johnson has announced a further £1bn in funding for local government as the country heads into the second wave of COVID-19.

Northern leaders propose five point plan to manage local lockdowns

07/10/2020

Four northern leaders have called for more local input to bring down COVID-19 infection rates.

Council leaders call for local track and trace systems

02/10/2020

Five council leaders have called on the Government to ditch the private track and trace system.

Ten million people may need mental health support due to pandemic, study warns

01/10/2020

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘new national focus’ on mental health as a study estimates that up to 10 million people in England may need support for depression and anxiety as a result of COVID-19.

Leaders call for a ring-fenced Sports Recovery Fund

22/09/2020

The Government has been urged to ringfence funding for sports and physical activities to avoid creating health problems for a generation.

Council chiefs call for investment to cope with lockdown addictions

15/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to increase investment in public health services to help them tackle drug and alcohol addiction.

Women struggling to access contraception due to cuts, inquiry finds

11/09/2020

Women in England are struggling to access contraception putting them at risk of unplanned pregnancies, MPs have warned.

Watchdog warns progress on childhood obesity is 'slow'

09/09/2020

Government efforts to tackle childhood obesity have been slow and uncoordinated, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Health experts urge ‘safer sex’ after rise in gonorrhoea cases

03/09/2020

The Government has urged people to practice safer sex after data reveals that gonorrhoea cases in England have risen by 26%.

Councils call for more investment in suicide prevention

02/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in public health to help councils prevent suicide with a locally-driven approach.

Health experts raise serious concerns over scrapping PHE

02/09/2020

Health experts have raised 'serious concerns' about Government plans to reorganise the public health system.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals

24/08/2020

One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

24/08/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).

Obesity stigma fuelling ‘severe impact’ on adult social care

20/08/2020

Weight-related stigmas need tackling to help prevent rising levels of obesity having a significant impact on adult social care, local authority leaders say.

Hancock scraps Public Health England

17/08/2020

Ministers have been accused of making Public Health England (PHE) a scapegoat by scrapping the body for alleged failures in the testing and tracing of coronavirus.

Council test and trace teams to be rolled out

10/08/2020

Local coronavirus test and trace teams are to be rolled out to all upper-tier English councils.

Calls for urgent investment in mental health recovery

07/08/2020

Investment in mental health is crucial to seeing the country through the next phases of the pandemic, a new report has said today.

Hancock's new rules to halt COVID spread

31/07/2020

New rules on social gatherings have been introduced in Northern England as the number of COVID cases has started to rise.

A third of council-owned pools will stay closed this year

27/07/2020

Nearly a third of council-owned swimming pools could remain closed until next year, new research has revealed.

Councils call for public health funding to avert obesity crisis

27/07/2020

Council leaders have warned that the Government must reverse public health funding cuts in order for any new obesity strategy to be successful.

Millions more people to be offered free flu vaccine

24/07/2020

More than 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccination in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.

Hancock announces plans to share more data

20/07/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to share more data with local government in a bid to help track and trace COVID-19 cases more effectively.

Councils call for action to ensure smoke-free pavements

20/07/2020

Councils have called for pavements outside pubs, bars and cafes to be smoke-free.

PM announces new powers for local lockdown

17/07/2020

Councils will get new powers to shut down premises in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as we head towards the next phase of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced.

A million smokers quit during pandemic

15/07/2020

More than a million smokers have quit the habit since the start of the coronavirus crisis, figures have revealed today.

Blackburn with Darwen announces new local measures to control virus

15/07/2020

Blackburn with Darwen Council has introduced five new local measures to control the spread of coronavirus, including wearing masks in all enclosed public spaces.

Less than one in seven people are now smokers, data reveals

08/07/2020

The number of smokers in the UK has fallen from 14.7% in 2018 to 14.1% in 2019, according to official figures.

Local authorities need extra resources to lead contact tracing now

02/07/2020

Pascale Robinson explains why local public health teams are best placed to lead contract tracing services.

Local public health teams should manage contact tracing, poll reveals

02/07/2020

Two-thirds of the public want local public health teams to be in charge of the contact tracing system, a new poll has revealed.

Leicester locks down after surge in coronavirus

30/06/2020

England’s first local lockdown will begin in Leicester this week in a bid to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Leicester could be first city to face local lockdown

29/06/2020

Leicester could be the first place in England to be placed in a local lockdown following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the home secretary warned over the weekend.

Combined authority 'spending reserves like it's going out of fashion'

17/06/2020

Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s chief executive has expressed doubts about whether his region would be able to cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Racism raises the risk from COVID-19 for minorities

17/06/2020

Racism has raised the risk of people from black and ethnic minority communities developing COVID-19 and dying from the disease, says an official report.

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

IFS exposes impact of COVID-19 on different areas

15/06/2020

The balance of protecting public health and returning to economic activity varies from one area to the next, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

The power of local systems to save lives

22/05/2020

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.

Campaigners warn children more exposed to secondhand smoke since lockdown

14/05/2020

More than one in ten smokers who live with children are smoking indoors more since lockdown, new research has revealed today.

Leeds chief takes on key contract tracing role

13/05/2020

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan will take on a key role in the Government’s contact tracing programme in the battle against coronavirus.

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