"We have repeatedly argued that reductions to councils’ public health budgets is short-sighted and needs to be reversed otherwise they will undermine the objectives we all share to improve the public’s health."
“It’s good to see mental health finally getting the focus that it deserves. The report makes some important recommendations about how to bring the Mental Health Act up to date and give people a stronger say in their treatment. It’s positive that the review listened to local government and recognises the role of community mental health services in preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place.
“The LGA has consistently called for a re-focus in mental health services away from medicalisation and treating mental ill health to early intervention and support for recovery through
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"To tackle the issue, including the worrying growth in in-work poverty, government needs to resource and fully engage with councils to prevent homelessness and support people into jobs to lift themselves out of poverty."
"It is good that the Ombudsman recognises the significant budget and resource pressures facing councils, and the impact this has had on local services. It also rightly highlights how successfully councils have adapted and innovated in the face of huge challenges."
“We encourage people with disabilities and a passion for change to strongly consider becoming a councillor to ensure local communities are represented by a diverse pool of people, otherwise they risk missing out on the best.”
New figures show there were over 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year – equating to 180 a day – prompting council leaders to call for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption.
"The reasons more people die in winter are complex and interlinked with inadequate heating, poorly insulated housing, and health inequalities as well as circulating infectious diseases, particularly flu and norovirus, and the extent of snow and ice."
"It is fantastic news that the targets for diagnosing and treating people with HIV have been met in the UK, a success story that could not have been achieved without the key role played by local government."