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LGA responds to NAO report on test and trace

"As this report highlights, local authorities’ involvement in testing and tracing has increased significantly but challenges remain, including the need for greater data sharing to help them deal with localised outbreaks."

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LGA responds to new advertising rules on unhealthy foods

"Any efforts to tackle the causes of obesity needs to be part of a whole systems approach, if we are to help the Government meet its target of halving childhood obesity by 2030."

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LGA responds to roadmap exit delay

“Working closely with their NHS partners, councils are doing everything they can to help defeat this terrible virus and its variants, and want to get life back to normal for everyone as soon as possible.”

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on variant of concern originating in India

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening on the variant of concern originating in India, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA, said: “As the Prime Minister said at his press conference this evening, the new variant is a worrying development and we all need to play our part in ensuring we limit any further transmission."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on supporting vulnerable people during lockdown

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

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of the next step of the roadmap

“Councils continue to work closely with local businesses to help high streets reopen safely and successfully again from 12 April.”

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LGA responds to expert study on COVID-19 tests and self-isolation

“The findings of this study are concerning. Although the roll-out of the vaccine is providing us with hope of a return to our normal way of life, the responsibility on us all to get ourselves tested when necessary and share our contacts on request will be needed for some time to come."

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LGA responds to launch of Office for Health Promotion

"Everyone agrees that prevention is better than cure. Any move to help make our residents be happier and healthier is encouraging and councils look forward to working with the new Office for Health Promotion."

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LGA responds to launch of UK Health Security Agency

“Public health teams in councils have been at the forefront of the tremendous local response to the pandemic and we look forward to working with the new UK Health Security Agency.”

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LGA: Frontline funding for public health teams crucial to post-pandemic recovery

To match the growth in overall NHS funding as part of the Long Term Plan, the Government should commit to increasing the public health grant in future years to at least £3.9 billion by 2024/25.