District councils have a key role to play in keeping us healthy. They have a distinct, local role in service provision, economic development, planning, and helping to shape and support their communities – all key areas that are increasingly recognised as vital components of a true population health system. This report aims to highlight these roles and help district councils play their full part in improving the health of their communities.
This King's Fund report, commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) is intended to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. It focuses on district councils’ role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.