The Public Health (Wales) Bill
Age Cymru's former Policy Advisor Dr Rosanne Palmer gives our response to the Public Health (Wales) Bill which was introduced to the National Assembly for Wales on Monday 7 November 2017.
Age Cymru welcomed the laying of the Public Health (Wales) Bill in the National Assembly for Wales on Monday 7 November and its intention to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.
However, we remain concerned that creating a duty for local authorities to develop a strategy will be insufficient to halt the decline in numbers of public toilets across Wales.
Ensuring public toilet are easily accessible is vital if we are to meet the needs of an ageing population and create an age friendly Wales.
We also believe the Bill should include measures aimed at tackling isolation and loneliness, as the Minister for Social Services and Public Health recently noted that this is an important public health issue.
Local authorities should also be required to publish their plans to tackle loneliness.
In addition, any health impact assessment should take into account the potential impact of decisions on rates of loneliness and social isolation as a key component if they are to effectively promote mental and physical health and wellbeing.