Health and social care

Health, public health and social care – for adults and children.



The commercial determinants of health: how corporate decisions shape local health outcomes, and what councils can do about it

The relationships between companies selling unhealthy products and population health are known as the ‘commercial determinants of health’. We consider here strategies local government can adopt to tackle commercial determinants to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Food for Life Scotland – using public sector food services to deliver on health, climate and economic priorities

Soil Association Scotland’s ‘Food for Life Scotland’ programme supports local authorities across in serving sustainable food in schools through an award scheme. This briefing highlights the key learning opportunities, as well as examining more broadly the role of local government in delivering public sector food that complements public health, environmental, and local economic priorities.

Scotland Briefing

Councils and corona

Councils are already facing huge public health and service delivery challenges. Covid-19 is placing even more stress on the system. Ingrid Koehler reflects on our recent work and what that means for local authorities in a time of potential pandemic.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog

There’s something catching: Councils, public health and Covid-19

This week we take a closer look at public health showcasing our latest bundle bringing together a range of learning about local public health. We also focus on the stresses and strains of dealing with an epidemic. Plus highlights from the LGiU Daily News service and more great content for LGiU Members and Followers.

England & Wales, Global Podcast Blog
Members & Followers

Bundle: Public health

This bundle brings together some of LGiU’s recent work on public health in the UK and around the world, analysing recent developments on topics ranging from life expectancy and health inequality to approaches to improving mental health for children. This bundle will be of interest to officers, councillors and others with an interest or role…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

A step backwards: Marmot ten years on?

LGiU’s Janet Sillett reflects on the progress made on improving public health and reducing health inequalities since the final report of the Marmot Review was published in 2010.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: Scotland’s Care Review – how mentoring programs help care-experienced young people

The Scottish Care Review, published in February 2020, involved 5,500 interviews with care-experienced people and those who worked with them. A series of significant failings were noted, leading to calls for the service to be replaced; this briefing will focus on the role that mentoring programmes could play in improving outcomes for care-experienced young people.

Scotland Briefing

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on

What has happened to health inequalities since 2010? The Health Foundation’s important report ‘Health Equity in England’ provides an update ten years after the original Marmot review. The report analyses what has changed and recommends a national cross-government health inequalities strategy to tackle the social determinants of health.

England & Wales, Global Briefing