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LGA responds to Unison survey on social care vacancy rates and staff mental health

"The Spending Review must set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, working with councils, care workers and those with lived experience to build back better and help develop a care and support system fit for the future"

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LGA responds to Covid autumn winter plan

“Councils stand ready to support the NHS in the roll out of a booster vaccination programme, including using their unique local knowledge to help contact and prioritise all those who are eligible."

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LGA responds to COVID-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds

“Vaccines are our ultimate route out of this pandemic and councils want to play their full part in what will be our largest ever school vaccination programme, given their existing close working relationship with schools, parents and health professionals."

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LGA responds to social care funding announcement

The Government's social care announcement is an important 'first step', but further clarity is needed on a range of additional crucial issues. In the coming weeks, government needs to work with councils, their partners and those with lived experience, in order to develop a care and support system which is fit for the future.

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LGA responds to latest sexually transmitted infections data

LGA responds to Public Health England’s annual sexually transmitted infections (STI) data for 2020, which show a decline in the number of people attending and testing positive for STIs.

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LGA responds to latest suicides statistics

"Suicide prevention is a public health priority for local government and every council has a suicide prevention plan in place."

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LGA responds to appointment of new Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

Cllr David Fothergill, responds to the announcement of Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy as the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and the formal launch of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

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Obesity crisis: Treatment for Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly 60 per cent in five years

Councils say the forthcoming Spending Review must provide investment in community sports and leisure facilities, along with long-term funding for local authority weight management services and healthy schools initiatives.

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LGA responds to latest estimated Long Covid prevalence data

“All of us involved in the pandemic response need to have an honest debate about the potential implications of Long Covid on resources and capacity, not just in terms of pressures on the NHS, but also on our overstretched and under-pressure social care system and other vital council services."

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LGA responds to latest drug-related deaths figures

"Every death to drug misuse is a tragedy and councils are absolutely determined to ensure vulnerable people have the right support and treatment, despite the ongoing pressures of the pandemic, as part of their public health and wider responsibilities."