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LGA responds to latest adult substance misuse treatment statistics

"As these figures show, more needs to be done to meet increasing demand and a huge amount of unmet need, with more than half a million adults estimated to have alcohol dependency, while a high proportion of those receiving treatment are living in the most deprived areas."

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LGA responds to latest NCMP statistics on overweight and obese children

"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, made all the more difficult by the impact of the pandemic on children’s activities and lifestyles."

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LGA responds to booster vaccines for those aged 40-49 and second doses for 16 to 17 year olds

"This vaccine rollout extension will help bear down on transmission and case rates, which are still worryingly high in parts of the country, despite recent trends."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on public health funding

“It is essential that councils have the capacity, workforce and funding to stand up locally-driven testing and contact tracing as soon as possible, to be able to respond swiftly to any future outbreaks or public health emergency.”

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LGA responds to PAC report on test and trace

“Coronavirus will be with us for many months and years ahead and councils want to play their full part in helping to design a test and trace strategy for the medium and long-term which keeps our communities safe."

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Councils respond to Health Secretary COVID-19 press conference

"The COVID-19 booster and flu jab programmes are mission critical to keeping our population safe. As we head into winter, it remains absolutely vital that we continue to minimise the spread of the virus."

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on impact of pandemic on shielding population

"Protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities has been councils’ number one priority throughout the pandemic."

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LGA and Health Foundation: Major health factors to be explored by councils in pioneering programme

Transforming our communities to become better places to be born, grow, live and age are at the heart of a major new programme launched and led by councils.

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LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus

“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."

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LGA responds to Diabetes UK warning that almost one in 10 people will have diabetes by 2030

“Obesity and its close association with Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and these figures are a worrying wake-up call."