Public health

  • Getting to grips with youth violence

    15 October 2019

    Stuart Gallimore says the Government’s response to serious youth violence and knife crime addresses the symptoms, not the root causes.


  • Let’s make a collective effort

    01 October 2019

    Julie Ogley argues that we need to take a wider view that puts the focus on the integration of adult social care with all other key public services.


  • Don't erode new funding with fresh obligations

    01 October 2019

    The Spending Round was good news for councils, but if there is a systematic erosion of that funding with new obligations 'it risks leaving a sour taste', says Gary Fielding.


  • Spend 2.5% of UK’s GDP on tackling climate change and air quality, say London’s environment and public health directors

    18 September 2019

    This Sunday, 22 September, is car free day. Stephen Evans and Dr Tamara Djuretic highlight London’s focus on policy solutions such as restricted and emissions-based parking, low emissions zones and better walking and cycling infrastructure.


  • A solid financial result

    18 September 2019

    The annoucement of £3.5bn for councils in the Spending Round was a solid result for districts, with many asks being met, says Cllr John Fuller. For the moment, he is focused on making the case for establishing a stable financial future.


  • Tackling youth crime: building the evidence for what really works

    17 September 2019

    The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to keep children and young people away from involvement in crime, says Dr Jane O’Brien.


  • Putting a public health approach at the heart of the response

    17 September 2019

    Waltham Forest LBC has had a longstanding commitment to tackling youth gang culture. But Heather Flinders says that in 2017, after four more gang-related murders, the council chose to boost its response within a ‘re-imagined public health approach’


  • Money for something

    11 September 2019

    The Spending Round announcement last week seems a positive move for the sector on the face of it, but raises questions over the the future balance between central control and local discretion says David Phillips.


  • Charity calls for re-investment in public health grant

    10 September 2019

    A new study of health and social care spending has found that the Government focuses too much on acute services rather than investing in long-term preventative measures.


  • Devolution of immigration proposed to support healthcare

    06 September 2019

    The devolution of immigration quotas to local government is among the proposals by a think-tank aimed at bolstering place-based health.


  • A journey starts with a single step

    06 September 2019

    Places like North Yorkshire have never been well funded by governments, according to Richard Webb. He says we will need to see the final departmental settlement detail of the spending round announcements, but at first look the news is very welcome.


  • What does the Spending Round mean for public health?

    05 September 2019

    A spending round settlement for public health just slightly above inflation is welcome, but we need ‘bigger and braver thinking’ and a multi-year package, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.


  • Taking health inequalities out of the shadows

    20 August 2019

    A conference on health and health inequalities has highlighted the importance of taking a life course approach and the need for public health teams to develop a narrative that takes account of people’s social circumstances. Claire Laurent reports


  • Give councils the powers, funding and tools they need to deliver

    14 August 2019

    James Jamieson has a message for Boris Johnson: Give us the powers, freedoms, flexibilities and funding and we will deliver your post-Brexit vision that transforms this country for the better.


  • Starting early to tackle obesity

    06 August 2019

    Jonathan Gribbin outlines how Nottinghamshire CC will use its inclusion in the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme to help the very youngest children develop healthy eating patterns before they start school.


  • What price timidity?

    25 July 2019

    The prevention Green Paper partly tips the scales towards a fairer and more productive country, but also falls short in crucial areas, says president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.


  • Prevention Green Paper blasted as ‘shopping list of half-complete ideas’

    23 July 2019

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


  • Javid announces public health duty to tackle violent crime

    15 July 2019

    Home secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new legal duty that will require local authorities to prevent and tackle serious violence.


  • Councils to get £300,000 for obesity pilots

    25 June 2019

    The Government has decided to award five local authorities £300,000 each to trial programmes to tackle childhood obesity.


  • Knowing when to ‘nudge’

    18 June 2019

    Jim McManus outlines how to navigate ‘that nudge thing’ – behavioural economics, insights and science to apply the right solution and avoid wasting time and money