Public health

Council chiefs urge people to be alert after new monkeypox cases detected

24/05/2022

Local authority leaders have urged everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions as 36 additional cases of monkeypox are detected in England.

Councils warn illicit tobacco could undermine smoking cessation efforts

23/05/2022

Council leaders have warned the cost of living crisis could cause more people to use cheap counterfeit tobacco, widening health disparities.

Loneliness-related mental health problems impact vulnerable communities

16/05/2022

Disparities in local funding mean that vulnerable citizens are lacking access to social resources that might provide mental health support, study reveals.

Charity warns of 'rapid rise' in food poverty

09/05/2022

More than seven million people live in households that have been forced to skip meals because they couldn't afford or get access to food, new data has revealed.

Ministers urged to reverse public health cuts

22/03/2022

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged ministers to reverse public health cuts amid warnings the COVID-19 pandemic has left staff exhausted and exacerbated recruitment difficulties.

England sees ‘significant reduction’ in deaths from hepatitis C

03/03/2022

There has been a ‘significant reduction’ in deaths from hepatitis C in England, a new report has revealed.

Report calls for stronger action on major health risk factors

23/02/2022

The Government's current approach to tackling the leading risk factors for ill health is 'insufficient' to deliver on its key targets, according to a new report.

Public health directors warn of dangers in ending COVID-19 testing

17/02/2022

The Government is reportedly looking at scrapping free tests as part of its national post-COVID plan.

Lack of movement skills in children risks a 'tsunami' of health issues

28/01/2022

The UK will face a 'tsunami' of health issues unless the physical activity skills of children and teenagers are improved, academics have warned today.

Council chiefs warn vital health services ‘at risk’

20/01/2022

Vital frontline health services are at risk due to a lack of certainty around councils’ public health funding, local authority leaders have warned.

New app to help improve children's diet

10/01/2022

A new app to help families improve the diets of their children has been launched today.

Sandwell calls for action on test shortage

06/01/2022

A council has written to ministers after it was forced to step in to alleviate a shortage of COVID testing kits.

Lords call for national plan to tackle inactivity

13/12/2021

Local authorities should have a legal duty to provide and maintain sport and leisure facilities, according to a Lords Committee.

Alcohol-related deaths rose by record levels during pandemic

08/12/2021

The number of deaths caused by alcohol misuse increased by nearly 19% in 2020, official figures have shown.

Largest ever funding boost to tackle drug misuse

07/12/2021

All local authorities in England are set to receive new funding to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the next three years.

Wolverhampton to pilot new anti-obesity scheme

02/12/2021

Residents in Wolverhampton could receive vouchers and tickets if they adopt healthier lifestyle choices, under a new scheme being piloted in the city.

West Midlands to receive £6.5m to boost sports

18/11/2021

The West Midlands are to receive a £6.5m injection of cash to help improve facilities and level up access to community sport as part of the legacy of next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

England's first specialist clinics to help severely obese children

16/11/2021

More than 1,000 severely obese children will receive specialist treatment and targeted support every year as part of a new pilot project.

New partnership will roll out anti-spiking tests across Greater Manchester

10/11/2021

Anti-spiking tests will be rolled out across major venues in Greater Manchester as part of a new partnership to tackle drink spiking.

Plans to make Wales smoke-free by 2030

08/11/2021

A new plan to make Wales smoke-free by the end of the decade has been unveiled.

Putting health and wellbeing at the heart of Ashfield

01/11/2021

While many councils are struggling with outdated and under-used leisure facilities, Laura Sharman finds out how Ashfield District Council is bucking this trend thanks to a new leisure management contract and transformation programme.

E-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS

29/10/2021

England could become the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes in a bid to reduce smoking rates.

Think-tank makes call for wellbeing budgets

18/10/2021

The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

Councils call for £100m investment in school counselling

15/10/2021

The Government has been urged to invest at least £100m per year to make school-based counselling available to all children.

One in 10 people will have diabetes within a decade, charity warns

06/10/2021

One in 10 adults in the UK could be diabetic by 2030, according to new analysis by Diabetes UK.

Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts

05/10/2021

Real terms cuts to local public health work against levelling up and the Government must boost funding after years of underinvestment, say two leading health organisations.

Problem gambling costs society £1.27 billion a year, review finds

01/10/2021

Gambling-related harms costs society at least £1.27bn a year, a review by Public Health England has found.

Councils call for £1bn investment for ageing sport facilities

16/09/2021

Council leaders are calling for the spending review to include £1bn to modernise sport facilities, after warning nearly two-thirds of the leisure estate is past its replacement date.

‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare

03/09/2021

New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

Why councils should have the power to improve safety of cosmetic treatments

06/08/2021

Tony Veverka argues local authorities must be given new powers to better regulate non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Councils warn licensing decisions should cover public health

06/08/2021

Council leaders have called for the power to take public health into account when deciding whether to grant licences to protect communities from harm.

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales reach record high

04/08/2021

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales reached a record high in 2020, official figures have revealed.

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.

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