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Paper 3B - 24 Novembr 2000 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

24 November 2000

LGA SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND HEALTH FORUM ON PUBLIC HEALTH 17TH OCTOBER AND EXECUTIVE MEETING 18TH OCTOBER 2000

Report-back by Councillor Maureen Robinson, New Forest District Council

The Forum

In view of the emerging importance of the Public Health agenda the Executive had decided that this should form the topic of our second forum. Accordingly this was held in Edinburgh on the eve of the Association of Directors of Social Services conference. Following an introduction on Building Healthy Communities by Prof. David Hunter of Durham University, delegates had the opportunity to attend two, of a choice of three workshops on the topics of

* Mental Health From a young persons’ perspective.
* Heart Disease as a health inequalities issue.
*
Regeneration and Health.

Overall it was a successful event raising awareness for Members of how local government can play an active and effective role in contributing to the health agenda. However, linking the event so closely to the social services conference did mean that discussion tended to relate to the social services agenda rather than the ‘bigger’ local government picture. This is regrettably one of the disadvantages of the present LGA Executive organisation whereby linking the two areas of social services and health has tended to result in a dominance of one area in terms of officer experience and Member influence.

The Executive meeting.

I was unable to stay in Edinburgh for the meeting but I understand that it was decided that the changing role of public health should be monitored and the agenda taken forward. The Executive is to devote a substantial part of a future meeting to the opportunities for local government in the area of public health. The UK Public Health Authority will be invited to participate.

The only other issue of significance is that in response to a consultation document on the proposed area and regional office locations for the Care Standards Commission strong letters are to be sent to relevant Ministers registering a preference for government office boundaries to be used. The document contains proposals for NHS boundaries to be used instead (with the Hampshire office being based in Eastleigh.)

Social Services North West.

I have received a policy briefing compiled by Social Services North West which was used as a basis for a recent meeting between representatives of social services authorities in that region and representatives from the LGA. Some of the issues which it contains will be pursued with Government and through policy development in the coming months. If any members would like a copy I would be happy to send one on.

COUNCILLOR MAUREEN ROBINSON
New Forest District Council

Date: 3 November 2000
Annex: 0
Contact: Cllr Maureen Robinson 023 8028 5478

Last update: 00/00/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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