New guidance for councillors on reducing health inequalities


Reducing health inequalities and improving health: What councillors can do to make a difference

NHS Health Scotland in collaboration with COSLA and other partners have developed a publication for elected members. This highlights their crucial role in relation to the following three themes:

  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Improving health in a fairer way
  • Protecting health

It connects what the evidence tells us about the action needed to reduce health  inequalities and improve and protect health. It links this to the different roles of a councillor ranging from community leadership; partnership working; their constituency/representational role; policy making and scrutiny roles within councils.

Elected members will receive a hard copy of this resource next week unless areas have specifically requested this be sent to a central hub. They will also receive an email providing them with a link to the PDF version shortly after.