Public health

Drug poisoning deaths up 16% in face of public health cuts

16/08/2019

Council chiefs warn that cuts to public health grants are a ‘false economy’ which make it more difficult to provide support and treatment to drug users.

NHS Health Checks to be ‘modernised’, health secretary says

16/08/2019

Health secretary Matt Hancock has launched a review of NHS Health Checks with the aim of moving away from standardised checks towards more tailored programmes.

Air pollution could be causing a third of child asthma cases, study warns

08/08/2019

Air pollution could be the cause of up to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe, according to a new study.

Dementia causes one in ten deaths, new figures show

07/08/2019

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease were the cause of more than a tenth of the registered deaths in England and Wales last year, according to new figures.

Campaigners call for 'calorie tax' to tackle obesity

07/08/2019

Companies producing high-calorie foods should be taxed to help tackle the 'obesity crisis', campaigners have demanded.

Calls for ugent investment in public playgrounds

05/08/2019

The decline in public playgrounds is ‘pushing’ children away from outdoor play, a new survey has revealed.

Council leaders join call for fairer public health funding

01/08/2019

Local authorities have backed a call by Cancer Research for the new Government to increase public health funding.

Councils report 'worrying rise' in body image drugs

29/07/2019

Council leaders have reported a ‘worrying’ increase in the number of people using illegal and dangerous body enhancing drugs.

Prevention green paper blasted as ‘shopping list of half-complete ideas’

23/07/2019

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s prevention green paper as a ‘missed opportunity’ which neglects the role councils play in delivering public health services.

Homeless people denied access to healthcare, study finds

17/07/2019

Homeless people are being denied access to basic healthcare, a new study has revealed.

Parents urged to find time to take kids to the park

16/07/2019

Three-quarters of children would like to spend more time outdoors, according to a new survey published to coincide with Love Parks Week.

Diabetes in children up 50% in five years

15/07/2019

Council chiefs have warned of an 'obesity crisis’ as figures reveal the number of young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes increased 50% in five years.

Javid announces ‘public health duty’ to tackle violent crime

15/07/2019

Sajid Javid will this week announce a new legal duty which will require local authorities and other public bodies to prevent and tackle serious violence.

For local authorities, the social care crisis is about more than money

02/07/2019

David Cundy explains why reducing demand for social care means supporting people to age well.

Manchester’s rough sleeping scheme secures NHS funding

20/06/2019

NHS in Greater Manchester has agreed to allocate £1.5m to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness across the region.

Children exposed to toxic air inside schools, report warns

18/06/2019

The quality of air inside and outside primary schools must be improved to protect children's health, campaigners have demanded.

Charities call for £1bn a year to reverse public health cuts

12/06/2019

Two health charities are calling on the Government to reverse the £1bn a year cuts to public health grants.

Local authorities will continue to commission public health services

10/06/2019

Councils will continue to commission local public health services, a government review has concluded.

Over half of the disease burden in England ‘preventable’

04/06/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a report which urges the Government to increase investment into initiatives supporting public health.

Closure of public toilets ‘threat to health’, warns report

23/05/2019

The decline in public toilets is a threat to health, mobility, and equality, according to a public health body.

‘Significant’ variations in rates of dental visits, study finds

17/05/2019

Children living in areas of deprivation are more likely to visit the dentist compared to those in more affluent areas, a new study has revealed.

Call to ‘rethink’ public health investment

14/05/2019

A culture change is needed in the way local organisations evaluate long-term investment in prevention, a report has argued today.

Councils urged to apply for funding to improve health of rough sleepers

10/05/2019

Councils are being urged to bid for a share of £1.9m to help support rough sleepers living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem.

Prevention work for tackling obesity under threat from cuts, council chiefs say

09/05/2019

Early intervention by councils is ‘vital’ for dealing with obesity, council chiefs say as new figures reveal a 15% increase in hospital admissions where obesity was a factor.

Charity calls for £2.4bn Dementia Fund

08/05/2019

A report calling for a new £2.4bn Dementia Fund has received backing from 68 cross-party MPs.

Council chiefs call for ‘greater proportion’ of soft drinks levy

08/04/2019

Local authority leaders have called for a greater share of the soft drinks levy to go towards the public health budgets of councils.

E-learning tools launched to ‘boost’ public health knowledge

08/04/2019

The Government has launched a series of e-learning tools to help boost health and care professionals’ knowledge of the biggest issues in public health.

Councils to be part of ‘multi-agency initiative’ against knife crime

01/04/2019

Local authorities will be among the bodies involved in a multi-agency initiative against knife crime launched by home secretary Sajid Javid.

Inactivity linked to 70,000 deaths a year

26/03/2019

Spending too much time sitting around is linked to about 70,000 deaths a year in the UK, according to public health experts.

Health experts have revealed a big rise in the use of crack cocaine

26/03/2019

Public Health England says the number of adults starting treatment for crack addiction in the last three years has gone up by 19%.

Tuberculosis at ‘lowest levels’ since records began

22/03/2019

New cases of TB in England have fallen to the lowest levels since records began in 1960, new data reveals.

Health body announces £6m for alcohol treatments

22/03/2019

The Government today announced that £6m of capital funding will be made available to help councils increase access to alcohol treatments.

Charity warns people at risk of suffering poverty, ill-health and hardship in later life

13/03/2019

Action must be taken to create communities that enable older people to stay active, campaigners have urged.

Expansion of PrEP Impact Trial given the go-ahead

01/03/2019

Trials of the anti-HIV treatment PrEP are set to expand after local authorities agreed to commission extra places.

Very few young people regularly vape, report finds

27/02/2019

Only a small proportion of young people are regularly using e-cigarettes, according to the findings of a new report.

UK youth ‘let down’ on long-term health issues

20/02/2019

Youth in the UK are being ‘let down’ when it comes to treating long-term illnesses such as asthma, according to an independent health think tank.

Health experts warn about impact of toxic air on children

06/02/2019

Nearly nine out of ten child health experts are warning air pollution is already having a negative impact on children's health in their region.

Whitehall commits to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030

30/01/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed Whitehall’s announcement that it is committed to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030, but they urged the Government to reverse public health cuts ‘as a matter of urgency’.

Councils chosen to develop childhood obesity plans

28/01/2019

Practical plans to tackle childhood obesity are to be developed by 13 councils after they received funding from the government’s Trailblazer programme.

Investment in cycling could prevent 34,000 life-threatening illnesses, report finds

28/01/2019

Thousands of life-threatening illnesses could be prevented if major cities increased cycling rates to those seen in London since the turn of the millennium.

Council chiefs welcome decision to expand PrEP trial

14/01/2019

Local authority leaders have said they are ‘pleased’ with NHS England’s decision to expand the trial of a drug that could ‘significantly’ reduce levels of HIV.

NHS to fund council ‘drunk tanks’ over Christmas

21/12/2018

The NHS has announced it will be funding council ‘drunk tanks’ over the Christmas period to ease the pressure on local hospitals.

Councils warn of impact of public health funding cuts

21/12/2018

Councils have reacted angrily to ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health funding next year by the Government.

Council call for action over number of operations to remove rotten teeth in children

03/12/2018

Council leaders have called for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption after new figures showed more than 45,000 teenagers and children had teeth extracted in hospital last year.

Council chiefs call for funding to ‘step up’ fight against HIV

29/11/2018

Local authority leaders are urging the Government to reverse the £600m of cuts to public health grants to help them ‘step up’ the fight against HIV.

Public health progress put at risk by cuts

27/11/2018

The Government must restore councils’ public health grants because of their important role in the urgent task of improving public health, according to a report from leading health think tank, The King’s Fund.

'Sugar tax' raises more than £150m to fight child obesity

21/11/2018

Cash collected from the 'sugar tax' has already helped in the fight against childhood obesity, according to the Government.

Councils urged to reduce smoking in social housing

20/11/2018

Councils have been urged to help drive down smoking rates after research revealed smoking is twice as common in social housing than in other tenures.

Universal Credit bad for people's health - academics

15/11/2018

Universal Credit (UC) is bad for health and wellbeing, academics have found in a new study commissioned by Gateshead MBC.

One in 10 deprived areas ‘food deserts’, think tank says

15/10/2018

Nearly one in 10 deprived areas in England and Wales do not have easy access to healthy, affordable food products, new study shows.

Javid announces £200m to tackle youth violence

03/10/2018

Local government leaders have welcomed the announcement of a new fund to tackle violent crime — but renewed calls to reverse cuts in public health budgets.

Council chiefs call for reversal of cuts to sexual health services

01/10/2018

Maintaining sexual health services at current levels will be difficult unless cuts in public health services are reversed, local government leaders warn.

One person every 80 seconds stopped smoking last year

20/09/2018

More than a million people have stopped smoking in England since 2014, new figures have revealed.

UK plagued by ‘stubborn’ health inequalities

11/09/2018

A report looking at the state of the nation’s health has revealed that the rich live nearly 20 more years than the poor on average.

Council to review vaping scheme after exploitation accusation

10/09/2018

A deal between Birmingham City Council and a multi-national tobacco company to promote e-cigarettes has been branded 'a disgrace' by a government minister.

Half of households unable to afford a healthy diet, finds study

05/09/2018

Around 3.7 million children are living in households unable to afford a healthy diet, according to a new study by a think tank.

HIV diagnoses fall second year in a row

04/09/2018

HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen for the second year in a row, public health body reveals.

Greater Manchester unveils plan to fight HIV

29/08/2018

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has unveiled a plan to end all new cases of HIV in the city region within 25 years.

Council agrees to re-evaluate health service procurement process

15/08/2018

Lancashire County Council has agreed to re-evaluate its tendering process for public health services after a court ordered the council to set aside its agreement with Virgin Care.

Hepatitis C-related deaths fall by 11%

08/08/2018

Deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease have fallen by 11% in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Campaigners warn about postcode lottery for breastfeeding support

30/07/2018

Breastfeeding campaigners have warned mothers are facing a postcode lottery after research found 44% of councils have reduced or closed down their local support services.

Councils warned to prepare for a trebling of heat-related deaths

26/07/2018

Local authorities have been told to prepare their areas for the impact of climate change as experts predict heat-related deaths will treble by 2050.

Nowhere to play?

17/07/2018

New research from the Association of Play Industries has revealed the scale of decline in playgrounds across England. LGN finds out more.

LED street lighting and public health

09/07/2018

The Institution of Lighting Professionals explains why LED street lighting does not pose a risk to public health when specified and installed correctly.

Poorest communities are ‘fast food hotspots’

29/06/2018

The most deprived areas in England have five times more fast food outlets than more affluent communities, new figures have revealed.

Hunt outlines plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030

25/06/2018

Supermarkets will be prevented from displaying unhealthy foods and sweets at their checkouts in a crackdown being considered by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Judge blocks Virgin Care's council contract win

22/06/2018

Lancashire CC’s award of a contract to Virgin Care has been blocked by a legal challenge.

Dementia added to NHS Health Check programme

18/06/2018

Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries will soon be able to offer advice on how patients can reduce their dementia risk, Whitehall says.

Loneliness prevention initiatives can save councils £2m, council chiefs say

11/06/2018

National health policy needs to recognise the ‘cost-effective benefits’ of initiatives designed to tackle loneliness, local government leaders say.

Car pollution costs health services £6bn a year, study reveals

06/06/2018

Pollution from cars and vans costs £6bn per year in ‘health damages’, new research has revealed.

Council chiefs warn health budget cuts ‘undermining’ fight against STIs

05/06/2018

Cuts to public health budgets have made tackling sexually transmitted infections a ‘significant challenge’, warn local authority leaders.

Local government leaders warn of ‘toxic’ skin creams

29/05/2018

Council chiefs have warned against buying ‘suspiciously cheap’ skin creams because of a possible cancer risk.

Cross-party MPs call for national obesity strategy

15/05/2018

A national obesity strategy would help strengthen existing services and replicate best practice across the country, according to a new report.

Nurse shortage leads to increase in sexually transmitted infections

14/05/2018

Nurses have warned cuts to public health budgets are forcing them to turn people away from sexual health clinics due to the resulting staff shortages.

Barnsley to become ‘sugar-free town’

02/05/2018

Barnsley Council is developing a food plan aimed at creating a ‘sugar-free town’ as part of the struggle against obesity.

Nine out of ten councils forced to cut health services, study reveals

02/05/2018

Nine out of 10 councils have cut spending on public health services in response to Government reductions to their budgets.

Increase in drug-related deaths linked to health cuts

27/04/2018

Whitehall should reverse its cuts to local authority public health grants in order to tackle the increase in drug-related deaths, doctors say.

Council denies street lights cause cancer

10/04/2018

Gateshead Council has been forced to hit back at a conspiracy theory which claims it is carrying out secret Government trials using its street lights.

Over 140 children a day are having teeth removed, health body finds

06/04/2018

A child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay, public health body says.

Well-maintained footpaths can promote walking, health body says

23/03/2018

Local authorities should improve the quality of footpaths to encourage people to be more active, public health body says.

Council leaders call for ‘traffic light’ food labelling to fight salt consumption

13/03/2018

Local authority chiefs have repeated their calls for the ‘traffic light’ food labelling system to become a legal requirement post-Brexit as health campaigners warn of the high salt content of ready meals.

Government invests £300m to address ageing society challenge

12/03/2018

The Government is investing £300m from its industrial strategy challenge fund to help prepare for 'the challenge of an ageing society'.

Getting physical

27/02/2018

Andy Howell explains how active healthier lifestyles are being driven by urban renewal in Slough.

Diabetes cases in the UK double in 20 years

27/02/2018

The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the last 20 years, new research has revealed today.

£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures

14/02/2018

Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Third of dementia sufferers do not have care plan, charity warns

13/02/2018

One in three patients suffering from dementia do not get the NHS follow up support they’re supposed to because of a lack of care plan, older persons charity finds.

Traffic light labelling on food should be ‘mandatory’, councils say

12/02/2018

Traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after Brexit in order to help fight obesity, council chiefs say.

Latest figures show many young women at risk from FGM

06/02/2018

Seven out of ten newly recorded cases of FGM are women aged 35 or younger, new analysis has revealed today.

Liverpool to measure alcohol consumption in donuts

05/02/2018

Public health officials in Liverpool are abandoning the use of alcohol units in their struggle against heavy drinking and are instead now talking about calories.

Just one cigarette a day increases risk of heart disease and stroke

25/01/2018

Councils have called for a reversal of public health cuts after research highlighted the danger of people smoking just one cigarette a day.

Think tank calls for 1% levy on gambling industry to help treat addictions

24/01/2018

Funding to help problem gamblers is three times less than funding to treat alcohol or drug abuse, a think tank has highlighted.

Malnutrition among older people set to cost care sector £15bn, MPs warn

22/01/2018

A cross-party group of MPs have called on the Government to tackle malnutrition in the elderly to save the NHS and social care over £15bn a year.

Councils spend £4m on 'pauper's funerals' in 2015/16

17/01/2018

Local authorities spent £4m on public health funerals in 2015/16 - an increase of 36% over the past five years - new research has revealed.

Figures show 170 children have rotten teeth removed in hospital every day

15/01/2018

Local authorities call for action to tackle ‘excessive consumption’ of sugary food and drink as new figures reveal there are 170 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children.

Public health cuts undermine support for smokers

15/01/2018

Cuts in public health grants have led to a ‘dramatic’ change in local services aimed at helping people quit smoking, according to anti-smoking campaigners.

NHS England launches healthy living framework for house builders

03/01/2018

Housing associations and developers are being invited to join a national network to help put healthy living at the heart of future home building.

LGA attacks 'counter-productive' cut

21/12/2017

A cut to councils’ public health grants has been criticised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for being ‘short-sighted and extremely counter-productive’.

Number of health visitors 'approaching an all-time low'

17/11/2017

Health visitors have called on the Government to reverse spending cuts which it says are having an 'alarming' impact on children and babies.

'Landmark' health and social care devolution deal agreed for London

15/11/2017

National and local leaders have signed a ‘landmark’ devolution deal for health and social care in London.

Majority of people with diabetes suffering from mental or emotional problems

14/11/2017

Nearly two thirds of people with diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems because of their condition, according to new research.

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