Winner: Gateshead Council
Gateshead Council’s fight against obesity was the first in the UK to go beyond traditional planning considerations and tackle health issues head on. It developed a hot food takeaway supplementary planning document, based on research, to justify criteria based purely on health. This allowed the council to limit the proliferation of hot food takeaways selling unhealthy foods and actively encourage those selling healthier options.
Judges’ comments: ”This council deserved to win because it used a strategic, holistic approach with strong political buy-in to tackle a major public health issue, making best use of local authority mechanisms.”
Highly commended: Essex CC
Newcastle City Council
Tower Hamlets LBC
Wolverhampton City Council
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A word from the award’s sponsor
It is important for councils to show a return on the resources they invest in public health. Applying evidence-based solutions, such as NICE guidance, to reducing health inequalities and improving health can deliver significant social and economic benefits over the long term. We hope the innovative councils shortlisted for this award will inspire others in their work to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
Phil Boorman, senior external communications manager, NICE
David Buck, senior fellow, King’s Fund
Annie Coppel, implementation consultant, NICE
Dominic Harrison, director of public health, Blackburn with Darwen BC
Jane Moore, director of public health, Coventry City Council
Shaun Scrutton, managing director, Rochford DC