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Our vision for a healthier, fairer and more productive UK

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) believes that bold action led by the UK government, the devolved administrations, the NHS and local government to invest in good public health would make a profound and rapid difference to our society.

Looking to the challenges of the coming decades, FPH has identified four priorities to advance public health, reduce inequalities and boost economic productivity.

  1. Promote policies and programmes that improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities and tackle health inequalities.
  2. Tackle poverty to ensure everyone has the chance to live a long and healthy life.
  3. Protect the nation from infectious diseases and prepare for health threats and emergencies.
  4. Increase investment in public health and prevention as assets for society, and make health a priority for cross-government action.

Our Recommendations: A Vision for the Public’s Health

Within these priorities, the Faculty’s vision is outlined in 50 pragmatic, evidence-informed recommendations to improve health and tackle inequalities in the UK.

Our priorities for the first 100 days

Each priority area requires urgent and sustained policy intervention by all the governments of the UK, their partners in local government, and the wider community.

Within the first 100 days of the new administration, FPH calls for bold action on seven key recommendations which would signal a clear commitment to population health and a desire to move with intention and pace:

  1. Deliver a bold, ambitious goal to improve the nation’s health to sit alongside the net zero target and increasing economic growth as the key drivers of government policy over the next decade and beyond.
  2. Implement fully the government’s commitment to a smokefree generation set out in Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation, with action to prevent smoking before it starts, support smokers to quit and stop vapes being marketed to children.
  3. Establish a non-partisan, independent commission to review UK drugs legislation based on national and international evidence of what works in reducing harm.
  4. Support inclusive and meaningful engagement with communities, prioritising co- production and community participation as a cross government commitment.
  5. Commit to a new Child Poverty Act which commits to ending child poverty in all parts of the UK by 2030.
  6. Extend the National Living Wage to all employees of any age, replacing the National Minimum Wage that applies to workers aged 16-20.
  7. Scrap the two-child limit and the benefit cap for universal credit, delivering significant income gains for many of the poorest families for a cost of £3bn.

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