Local government

This page provides information about how local government contributes to people's health and wellbeing. It also lists some of the public health roles and career opportunities available in local government.

Local authorities have always had a role in public health. They are responsible for many services that can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of the local population.

For example, the creation of cycle routes can encourage healthier lifestyles, the introduction of lower speed limits can reduce road casualties, recycling can benefit the environment, tourism can improve the local economy.

Here are some other local government services that can influence the health and wellbeing of the local population:

Pay in local government

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This page has been developed in collaboration with the Local Government Association.


Find out more about public health roles in local government:

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