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Manifesto addresses local Public Health issues
Wednesday 2nd July, 2014

A manifesto which aims to raise awareness of the important public health issues in Wigan Borough and the North West has been published.

The public health manifesto, "Top Ten for Number Ten", contains the ten highest priorities as identified by the North West directors of Public Health, supported by a summary of the evidence around each issue. It includes priorities that look at the whole public health spectrum, from food packaging and marketing to children to raising the living wage and tackling personal debt.

It has been created to help shape public health work in the borough and North West now and for the future. Wigan Borough residents, groups and local politicians are being asked to get involved and put their name behind these priorities.

It can be used as a constructive evidence-based aid to policy development in time for the development of cross party political manifestos ahead of the General Election in May 2015. It will also help leaders from across the political spectrum to understand important public health priorities.

Professor Kate Ardern, director of Public Health at Wigan Council and a signatory to “Top Ten for Number Ten” said: "We fully support tackling these important public health issues with across the borough and the North West.

"We now have the chance to have a real impact on the public health agenda locally and nationally. The top ten reflects our local agenda and we are already focused on keeping residents in Wigan Borough happy and healthy.

"We know these are tough challenges but we cannot ignore them, or let this chance to raise awareness with our political leaders pass us by. We really need borough residents, local groups and our local politicians to get behind these priorities and help us make changes needed to make a difference."

The manifesto is available to download at http://phlive.org.uk/phmanifesto. People can also sign up to support the priorities.


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