1. What is the role of councils in improving health and wellbeing?

Councils, collectively known as local government, help shape the places in which we live and change lives for the better.

Local government supports people at some of the happiest moments of their lives and some of the hardest. Councils deliver more than 800 services to the people who live in their areas, helping keep our communities running for the benefit of everyone.

At the heart of every council’s relationship with its residents is a commitment to improving everyone’s wellbeing.

While many of us are able to live fulfilling lives without the need for support, others require help to remain independent, retain their dignity and enjoy a better quality of life.

That help may come from a range of sources including family, friends, neighbours, community and voluntary groups, and public services, like councils.

What matters most is that everyone is able to exercise their right to opportunity, independence and control.

There are lots of ways that we can do this.

We need to stop people becoming ill in the first place, which is what public health services seek to achieve. And we want to help people to stay as healthy and active as possible by having vibrant leisure and recreation amenities in their local areas.

We want to help people remain independent at home, so we need the right kind of housing and neighbourhoods.

We want to stop people feeling lonely but to do that we need reliable transport links, a diverse and resilient community and voluntary sector, and employment services that work for everyone.

We need to support people’s mental wellbeing and for that we need to build safe and inclusive communities.

Wellbeing goes well beyond local government. Local voluntary groups, care providers, and the local NHS all have a crucial role to play.

When you vote for your councillors, it means they are accountable to you for the decisions they make. This means that councils are perfectly placed to oversee a shared vision for wellbeing in their communities. But the full potential of local government’s contribution is struggling to be realised following years of pressures on their finances.

 

3. Decision-making on social care

Because every community and every local area is different with unique populations who all have different needs, it is vital that social care is a local service, run by councils…

4. Funding for adult social care

With the right level of funding, councils can continue to make a positive difference to people’s wellbeing. But the challenge of meeting increasing demand with dwindling resources has taken adult…

5. What are the options for change?

If social care is in crisis, why has it proved so hard for successive governments to deliver sustainable, long-term funding for this crucial service? The answer lies partly in the…

6. How should we pay for these changes?

All of the options will cost a significant amount of money – even maintaining the current system will cost more than is currently available due to increasing demand and inflation….