Since its launch in 2015, The Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight has grown from a North West initiative to a nationally recognised tool, with district, unitary and county councils adopting or working towards adoption, from Gateshead in North East England all the way to the South West with Devon County Council.
North West

Blackpool Council were the first local authority to adopt the Declaration in 2016 and their efforts have been recognised nationally, presenting their experience of adopting at numerous meetings, conferences and in case study reports. Since then, we have been delighted to support the following local authorities to adopt their own Declaration:

  • St Helens Council
  • Knowsley Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council (and CCG)
  • Lancashire County Council (upper tier only)
  • Sefton Council
  • Cumbria County Council (including all seven district councils)
  • Rochdale Borough Council (and CCG)
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Pendle Council

The declaration has provided a platform for the LA to highlight the healthy weight agenda. It has been effective as a lever to engage with and move key partners forward on an issue that has previously only been seen as a Public Health priority.
Jackie McMenamy, Service Manager (Early Years and Prevention), Knowsley Council
Yorkshire and Humber

Since 2018, Food Active has been funded by the Association for the Directors of Public Health in Yorkshire and Humber to support a regional-roll out of the Declaration, through working closely with the regional Public Health England department, we have providing support and guidance on working towards, launching and monitoring progress to a number of local authorities across the region. Through this work, the following local authorities have adopted with many more in the pipelines:

  • Leeds City Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • City of York Council
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

The Healthy Weight Declaration has been a fantastic driver to build relationships, improve partnership working with different Council teams and deliver healthy weight action.
Emma Strachan, Health Improvement Specialist, Leeds City Council
South West

We have also been funded by the regional Public Health England department in the South West to support local authorities across the region to adopt the Declaration. Through this piece of work, the following local authorities have adopted, with many more in the pipelines:

  • Devon County Council
  • Bristol City Council

It’s given me invaluable access to elected members and assisted in connecting me to other parts of the Council whom previously I had little to do with.
Richard Merrifield, Advanced Public Health Practitioner, Devon County Council
North East

We are working with four local authorities in the North East including Gateshead, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland through a collective commission to adopt the Local Government Declaration. Expect to see some of these local authorities celebrating their launch very soon!

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We would also be very happy to speak with local authorities individually or regionally to discuss how a Declaration could be adopted in your area.

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