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Please click on this link: http://bit.ly/10JpQa0  for demographic information concerning the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment in Bolton, including data from the latest census. 

This Housing LIN Practice Briefing looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built environment that can promote and sustain it, with examples of good and emerging practice and resources for further information. It is intended for those working in social housing, local government, and the care and support sectors to understand their roles in developing and maintaining a built environment that contributes to active ageing.

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 This research explores how businesses on the high street can impact the health of the public and includes league tables ranking the "unhealthiest" high streets across London and the UK.The report also includes a range of measures to make high streets more health promoting, including: 

  • Local authorities to be given greater planning powers to prevent the proliferation of betting shops, payday lenders and fast food outlets
  • Public health criteria to be a condition of licensing for all types of business
  • Mandatory food hygiene ratings linked to calorie and nutrition labelling for fast food outlets
  • A limit of 5% of each type of business on a high street in order to avoid oversaturation and provide affordable choice
  • Legislation to enable local councils to set their own differential business rates to encourage healthier outlets and discourage those that are detrimental to health.

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This briefing was commissioned by PHE and written by the Institute of Health Equity. It is a summary of a more detailed evidence review on the same topic and is intended primarily for directors of public health, public health teams and local authorities. This briefing and accompanying evidence reviews are part of a series commissioned by PHE to describe and demonstrate effective, practical local action on a range of social determinants of health.

You can view the briefing by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ZWtvHB

The associated evidence summary is: Local action on health inequalities: Improving access to green spaces

Summary
1. There is significant and growing evidence on the health benefits of access to good quality green spaces. The benefits include better self-rated health; lower body mass index, overweight and obesity levels; improved mental health and wellbeing; increased longevity.
2. There is unequal access to green space across England. People living in the most deprived areas are less likely to live near green spaces and will therefore have fewer opportunities to experience the health benefits of green space compared with people living in less deprived areas.
3. Increasing the use of good quality green space for all social groups is likely to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. It can also bring other benefits such as greater community cohesion and reduced social isolation.
4. Local authorities play a vital role in protecting, maintaining and improving local green spaces and can create new areas of green space to improve access for all communities. Such efforts require joint work across different parts of the local authority and beyond, particularly public health, planning, transport, and parks and leisure.

This evidence review was commissioned by Public Health England and researched, analysed and written by the UCL Institute of Health Equity. These papers show evidence for interventions on social issues that lead to poor health, including ways to deal with health inequalities. You can use them to get practical tips for dealing with these issues. They also show examples from local areas showing interventions that have been used to improve health. The series includes eight evidence reviews and 14 short briefing papers.

The documents can be used by:

  • local authority professionals whose work has implications for health and wellbeing, such as children’s services and planning services
  • local authorities - particularly directors of public health and their teams - to build health and wellbeing strategies and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments
  • public health teams making a case for action on health inequalities
  • health and wellbeing boards making local public health strategies, including those covering service areas with health implications such as Local Plans and Growth Plans

This evidence summary can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1z3COVD

The full list of resources can be viewed on this page: http://bit.ly/YiMHgX

This North West Research Collaboration has resulted in the development of a core indicator set, which provide key data for the North West LEP areas and their constituent local authority areas, covering:

  • Demography;
  • Skills;
  • Sustainable Economy;
  • Future Outlook;
  • Health & Well Being; and
  • Quality of Life.

The most recent datasets are available for download here (461kb)

In addition to the data above, information on the following environmental indicators is available by clicking on the links below:

The following reports also provide useful information on the environment, looking at waste crime across the UK and sustainable businesses:

To find out more about the work of New Economy, please click here: bit.ly/1s9eafA

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is an independent publication produced by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), an academic unit funded by the Medical Research Council and Public Health England. The aims of the atlas are:

  • To provide baseline information for policy makers and the public on geographic patterns of environmental agents and disease.
  • To help in development of hypotheses to understand and explain variability in disease risk that may relate to the environment, lifestyle factors and/or location.
  • Following on from this, to help in development of research to investigate potential causal relationships between environment and health factors – where either evidence or lack of evidence for an effect provides important information to inform public health and policy.

The atlas provides maps of the geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a small-area scale (census wards). The maps have been developed as a resource for those working in public health and public health policy and for the general public to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental factors and disease.

You can access this resource by clicking here: http://bit.ly/Pzhj9G

Please note - this resource may not work on out of date browsers such as Internet Explorer 7. For best results - it is recomended to use Chrome or Firefox.

The report looks at indicators of health in people in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. The report covers a wide number of topics and health areas and provides further reassurance that water fluoridation is a safe and effective public health measure. PHE continues to keep the evidence base under review and will use this report as part of an ongoing dialogue with local authorities before publishing a further report within the next four years. The full report and executive summary are attached and they can also been downlaoded from www.gov.uk/phe

The latest report on the quality of air in Bolton produced by the Enviornmental Health Team in Bolton.  You can find out more information on air quality in Bolton here:http://www.bolton.gov.uk/website/pages/Airquality.aspx

Planning Health Places provides a snapshot of how local authorities (working with partners) are managing their acquired responsibilities for public health, planning and related disciplines such as housing, transport planning and regeneration in the ‘new world’. It draws on external research and roundtables from eight case study areas to produce both findings and recommendations at local and national levels. This item should be of interest to those involved in the commissioning of and provision of services related to housing, planning, environment/green spaces and associated public health fields.

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