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Key policy developments

In key policy developments we present a summary of policy, reports and campaigns by government and other organisations.

Prevention better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer (05/11/2018)

New vision document setting out the government's aims for putting prevention at the heart of the nation's health. The goal is to improve healthy life expectancy by at least five extra years, by 2035, and to close the gap between the richest and poorest.

Legal system "denies justice" to victims of road crime (05/11/2018)

A freedom of Information request from Cycling UK of 43 police forces shows 5 out of 6 drivers involved in fatal collisions with cyclists avoid prison. Findings show less than a third of drivers involved in fatal collisions with cyclists lose their licence.

Government to fund local authority plans to tackle air pollution (05/10/18)

The UK government has announced further action to tackle air pollution in the UK, publishing a supplement to its plan to improve air quality. It details how thirty-three local authorities will now take action to reduce harmful NO2 emissions. Ten of these local authorities will now take forward new measures, developed with and funded by central government, to reduce pollution levels.

Developing and refining a programme theory for understanding how twenty mile per hour speed limits impact health (08/10/18)

Paper by Kieran Turner and others in the Journal of Transport Health looking at the health impacts of 20mph speed limits.

Transport for New Homes (07/18)

The Transport for New Homes Association has published a report which highlights the transport problems associated with new out of town housing estates.  It includes a set of recommendations for new home building based on the provision of sustainable transport.

Prime Minister Theresa May launches Government’s first loneliness strategy (15/10/18)

Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, Theresa May said today as she launched the first cross-Government strategy to tackle it, as reported in a Government press release.  The Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023.

Ten Characteristics of Places where People want to Live (26/10/18)

The Royal Institute of British Architects has produced a prospectus of exemplary places that demonstrate high quality design.  The report provides valuable evidence and case studies demonstrating the relationship between design quality and the rate of supply in the delivery of much needed affordable homes.

NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme (20/09/18)

NHS England Healthy New Towns programme has released a leaflet introducing the 10 Healthy New Town Principles: Putting Health into Place. These principles will support partners in housebuilding, local government, healthcare and local communities to demonstrate how to create new places that offer people improved choices and chances for a healthier life.

About towns: How transport can help towns thrive (06/11/18)

New report from the Urban Transport Group examines the key role that transport interventions can play in supporting post-industrial towns.

Funding for Walking and Cycling (12/10/18)

Cycling UK and Living Streets have launched a new campaign for funding to support Local Cycling and Walking Plans that are being drafted by local authorities across England.