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LGA responds to additional funding for health research and technology

"Obesity, cancer and addictions are some of the biggest health challenges facing us as a country and so it is good to see additional investment in technology and research to help improve the health of our local communities."

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New LGA report warns local sexual health services are at ‘breaking point’

Councils currently face a perfect storm as demand for services continuing to rise just as the price of providing them is also escalating dramatically. 

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LGA responds to CQC state of care report

"As this important report states there is gridlock in the health and social care system, meaning people are left waiting or are getting stuck in the system and accessing the right health and care services is becoming even more of a struggle."

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LGA responds to ONS stats on excess heatwave deaths

"The Met Office has predicted that hotter and drier summers could be likely to become more common as heat records are being broken more frequently, with all the challenges this brings to councils and the communities who we support."

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NHS “dental deserts” persist in rural and deprived communities – LGA analysis

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals a growing number of “dental deserts” across the country with more deprived or rural local authority areas having fewer NHS dentists than those in more affluent urban areas.

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LGA responds to Childhood Vaccination Coverage statistics

"These new statistics, revealing that we are still not reaching the WHO 95 per cent targets for vaccination coverage, are particularly concerning and also show considerable regional disparities."

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LGA responds to new National Child Measurement Programme figures

“Councils are working to support children and families to live healthy lives and reduce pressure on other public services, from health visitors supporting new parents to weight management services and subsidised leisure facilities, but more needs to be done, especially to reduce the gap between the most and least deprived."

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LGA responds to ONS figures on excess deaths

"These figures act as a truly tragic reminder of how many people, including those who are older and vulnerable, have lost their lives during the pandemic, leaving behind family and friends in mourning."

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LGA: Sugar levy should be spent by councils to tackle physical inactivity and ensure lasting Commonwealth Games legacy

By reinstating this funding and devolving sugar levy funds, the Government can ensure councils can continue to provide vital services such as tackling childhood obesity and encouraging greater physical activity in their local areas.

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LGA responds to ONS data on drug related deaths

"These statistics published today are very concerning, with drug related deaths showing sharp increases compared with 2020. Every death to drug misuse is a tragedy and councils are absolutely determined to ensure vulnerable people have the right support and treatment."