The business case for public health

Reference:  23 January 2014

Dedicated funding has helped to raise the profile of public health, but it is crucial that councils also maximise their influence over the many wider factors that determine the health of local communities.

Local environment, housing, transport, employment and day-to-day social interaction all play a part in health improvement. These are bread and butter issues for local government, and there is significant scope for councils to improve the health of their populations through the full spread of their work – not just in health and social care.

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