Care for people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing has always been a priority for the district council, and the effects of the pandemic have only made this more important.
We’ve come through a punishing decade of cuts to local services by this Conservative government: youth services across the country have been cut by 70%, and there is still no national plan to tackle the social care crisis so elderly people are properly cared for. A 2020 study showed how in the last ten years, health inequality in the UK has got worse, and life expectancy is going down for the first time in the UK’s modern history. The pandemic has only worsened this inequality.
We’ll continue to use our resources to focus on those people who need support, the most vulnerable in our communities. We can’t fix ten years of cuts on our own – but we can help make people’s lives better.
District councils have a crucial role to play in prevention so that there’s less pressure on frontline health and social care services – for example, keeping older people physically and socially active so they stay happy and healthy in their homes for longer. We will continue to work closely with our partners in the community and voluntary sector, NHS and Public Health, and all those local organisations that already do so much to help their local residents.
Health and Wellbeing
• Invest in leisure services across the district with a plan that will be fit for the next twenty years, affordable and accessible for all residents, including a long term strategy for Stratford Park
• Help people be more active: supporting local exercise and investment into play areas and sports facilities
• Reduce health inequalities in partnership with Public Health and local NHS trusts
• Work with partners on combatting digital exclusion
Fight inequality and grow resilience
• Continue our Community Resilience and Wellbeing Grant scheme, to support local community organisations that work to reduce inequality, promote wellbeing such as physical, mental and financial health, social connection, arts, culture, heritage and the environment.
• Continue to support community initiatives and meeting places that help local people tackle loneliness and foster better mental health and wellbeing
• Support those who experience the most discrimination and disadvantage in our communities with targeted schemes such as the council tax support scheme for those on low incomes
• Fight for a sustainable income so in the long term people don’t need to access food
charity. Develop a district-wide Food Partnership to support our local food economy, coordinate the fight against local hunger, and ensure food waste is minimised by re-distributing unwanted food.
Services for everyone across the district
• Young people: continue to support the Stroud District youth council and youth voice in local forums
• Our older population: continue our work to become a dementia friendly district; and work with partners to keep people in their homes for longer
• Domestic Violence: ensure that women’s only services in the district remain financially supported and sustainable
• Our ex-service personnel: support the council’s Armed Services Champion and ensure there are specific measures in place for former members of the armed services who need extra support for example with housing.