Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. The government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness.

Policies 8

  1. Reducing harmful drinking

    The government is making it easier for people who drink to do so responsibly, and it is improving alcohol services locally.

  2. Reducing drugs misuse and dependence

    The government is helping people make a full recovery from drug addiction and is discouraging people from misusing illegal drugs in the first place.

  3. Reducing obesity and improving diet

    The government is helping people to be more active and to eat healthily, and it’s making sure people get the right support to lose weight.

  4. Reducing smoking

    The government wants to reduce the harm tobacco causes by stopping people taking up smoking and helping more people to quit.

  5. Giving all children a healthy start in life

    How we are offering free school meals to all pupils in reception year, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England.

See all 8 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Gas appliance safety: supplier and manufacturer's obligations

    Find out which gas appliances must comply with the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995, exemption and penalties for non-compliance Read more

  2. Controlled drug domestic licences for doctors: how to apply

    Applying for an individual domestic drugs licence to prescribe cocaine, diamorphine and dipipanone for the treatment of addiction. Read more

  3. MMR catchup programme: diagnosis, case management, and advice

    How to confirm a measles diagnosis, manage cases and contacts, control infection, and vaccinate young or partially-covered patients. Read more

  4. Refer a deceased person's estate to the Treasury Solicitor

    Notify the Bona Vacantia division that a person has died without leaving a will or any known blood relatives. Read more

  5. Apply for a traditional herbal registration (THR)

    How to apply for a traditional herbal registration (THR) to market a herbal medicine (remedy) in the UK. Read more