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LGA responds to Marmot Review: 10 years on report

“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."

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LGA responds to Cancer Research UK report on 2030 smokefree target

Responding to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils can help the Government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, but need adequate long-term funding and certainty for their public health services to help do so. “Smoking rates overall continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights we need to keep reaching out to those most in

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LGA responds to State of Health Visiting Survey

"Working with government and the NHS, councils want to protect our world class health visiting service by attracting, training and keeping new essential workers."

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PrEP: Fully fund councils to avoid stalled roll out of anti-HIV drug

The cost of providing a breakthrough drug which could lead to the end of HIV nationwide needs to be fully funded before its roll out by councils across the country, or many will be at risk of being unable to afford to deliver it, the Local Government Association warns today. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be made routinely available from April via local authorities’ public health services, following a successful impact trial. The daily medication is recommended for people at high risk and is considered a game-changer in the fight against HIV, by being highly effective in reducing the

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LGA responds to STIs report

"Councils want to encourage and help people to improve their sexual health, but with resources already stretched, there is a real risk of waiting times increasing and patient experience deteriorating."

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LGA responds to latest alcohol statistics

“These latest figures are another warning of the dangers of regular drinking over a long period of time and the impact this can have on older people."

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LGA responds to ASH report on number of children who start smoking every day

"Councils can help the Government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, but need adequate long-term funding and certainty for their public health services to help do so."

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LGA: Vaccination strategy urgently needed to help boost immunity

The Government should publish its long-awaited vaccination strategy as soon as possible to help reverse a dramatic decline in take-up and protect young and vulnerable people from deadly infections, the Local Government Association says today.

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LGA responds to Commission for Equality in Mental Health report

“Councils have a crucial role to play in issues affecting wider mental health, such as housing, skills, employment, transport and public spaces."

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LGA responds to Ash report on Stop Smoking Services funding

“Smoking rates continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights there needs to be greater help for those most in need of support, including routine and manual workers or people with mental health conditions."