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Two weeks left to have your say on health and wellbeing plan

Published Monday 25 January, 2021
Last updated on Monday 25 January, 2021

People still have two weeks to have their say on Swale Borough Council’s health and wellbeing plan

The public consultation on the council’s three-year plan to address the health inequalities across the borough is available until Wednesday 10 February, 2021.

The plan aims to tackle the broader issues of family health, healthy lifestyles and mental health, as well as addressing the below average levels of health and deprivation across the borough.

Teenage conception, childhood obesity, depression, dementia, smoking, air pollution, housing and social isolation are just a few of the issues that will be addressed.

The plan will work alongside Kent County Council’s (KCC) overall public health approach to help improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable residents across the borough.

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“Although KCC are responsible for leading on public health in Swale, it’s important for us to do what we can to address the health inequalities across the borough and help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“Swale is a diverse borough with significant social, economic and environmental disparities and 90 per cent of the health and wellbeing needs of our residents cannot be met by the NHS.

“My vision for residents in Swale is to have their basic needs met, have enough to eat and access to employment, and a clean and safe environment to live and work in.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to give residents the ability to earn a living wage, have access to training and education, and find the support needed to achieve a healthy and productive lifestyle.

“While I’ll be working with my cabinet colleagues whose portfolios cover most of these areas, I’ll also be working with our health partners on the areas where we can have the biggest impact.

“The consultation is open until 10 February and we urge anyone with an interest to take part and gives us your feedback.”

To view the consultation and have your say visit www.swale.gov.uk/health-wellbeing.