Call for evidence - local authority public health prescribed activity

Closes 17 Apr 2018

Opened 23 Jan 2018

Overview

This document is seeking evidence on the prescribing in regulations of specific local authority public health activity and invites responses by 17 April 2018. The Government remains committed to the primary legislative framework for public health which was established in 2012, and the existing regulations remain in force. However, the Government recognises that it is timely to take stock of the regulations to ensure the system is working as it should be and is fit for the future.

Why We Are Consulting

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 amended the NHS Act 2006 to give local authorities (LAs) the leading role in improving their population’s health and the Secretary of State (SofS) the duty to protect the health of the population in England and reduce health inequalities. The 2012 Act allows the SofS to make regulations requiring LAs to take particular steps to improve or protect health – ‘prescribed’ activity.

It is now over four years since public health duties transferred back to LAs, and the system has had the chance to settle and mature. The Government remains committed to the primary legislative framework for public health which was established in 2012, and the existing regulations remain in force. However, the Government recognises that it is timely to take stock of the regulations to ensure the system is working as it should be and is fit for the future. This is given added relevance by the announcement in December 2017 that the Government intends to replace the ring-fenced public health grant and conditions with LAs’ own business rates retention (BRR) funding from April 2020.

 

Give Us Your Views

Audiences

  • Voluntary groups
  • Charities
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Local authority
  • Public Health Organisations
  • Academics
  • Members of the Public

Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Public health
  • Health improvement
  • NHS Health Checks
  • Prevention
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012