West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper alongside 11 fellow MPs have presented the first reading of the Health Impacts (Public Sector Duty) Bill to Parliament.
The Bill aims to embed physical and mental health provision and consideration in all policies at all levels of local and national government and public authority.
The Bill requires public authorities to consider physical and mental health impacts in the exercise of their functions; and for connected purposes.
The Bill covers all aspects of health from obesity to mental health, from lifestyle diseases to cancer.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Embedding both physical and mental health now at the heart of all policies and workings at local and national government level is absolutely essential for the provision and protection of our future generations.
“Lifestyles and habits are constantly evolving and we need to adapt to the world we live in, with more indoors, office-based and desk-based work than previous manufacturing, industrial and labouring jobs.
“As the stresses and pressures of life increase diets and exercise often become an afterthought. With modern technology we don’t communicate with people in the same way which can affect our mental health.
“This Bill seeks to move the country forward and consider how best to care for and support our children and younger people as they progress through life in ever-changing circumstances.
“With cross-party support to address issues of mental health, obesity, lifestyle diseases and cancer, I look forward to continuing work with my colleagues ahead of this Bill’s second reading later in the year.”
The second reading is set for 26th October 2018.