Levelling up health – a national strategy driven by local government


This event, hosted by UK think tank the HF will explore the role of local government in levelling up health & how national government should best enable this. 

Health should lie at the heart of any government strategy to level up the economy. Healthier communities are more prosperous communities, and our health is strongly determined by the social and economic conditions in which we live.

Being closer than Whitehall to the communities they serve, local authorities have the remit to act on the wider determinants of health and are more readily able to assess where intervention and investment are likely to deliver greater impact.

Local government should, therefore, be put at the centre of driving forward the strategy to improve and level up health (and so level up the economy). But how could this best work in practice? Our webinar will unpick and explore this question, considering:

What does ‘levelling-up’ mean in different places, both across and within local authorities?

What exactly does local government need to do to drive this agenda? What are their unique assets and opportunities?

What are the barriers to making this happen?

What is the role of national government in enabling this?

How does this tie in with the government’s commitment to improve healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035 and close the gap between the rich and poor?

Panellists:

Jo Bibby – Director of Health, the Health Foundation

Joanna Killian – Chief Executive, Surrey County Council

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive, the Health Foundation (Chair)

Further speakers to be confirmed

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