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Councils call for extension of local outbreak management cash as COVID-19 cases rise

"With time running out, it is vitally important that the Government extends part of the Contain Outbreak Management Fund. This will allow councils to respond to new variants, tackle outbreaks in at-risk settings and recruit and retain vital public health staff. "

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Local outbreak management cash will still be needed as part of Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ strategy

Government must continue to provide funding for local public health teams to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in their areas as part of its Living with Covid strategy, councils say today.

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Tougher UK gambling regulation needed to protect communities – councils and Police and Crime Commissioners say

Ahead of the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act, the Local Government Association and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) are calling for tougher powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas, alongside a crackdown on the current volume of gambling advertising and marketing. 

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LGA statement on the public health settlement

"The announcement today provides immediate certainty, but we need a clear long-term plan on the future which recognises the public health challenges we face as a country."

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Surge in children with mental health problems seen by councils during pandemic

The number of children with mental health problems seen by social workers has surged by a quarter since before the coronavirus pandemic, amounting to nearly 1,500 kids presenting to councils every week.

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LGA responds to new NSPCC analysis showing an increase in child protection referrals for domestic abuse

"Domestic abuse is complex and in order to enhance efforts to combat this issue, through both prevention schemes and support services, councils need to be fully funded across all services."

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LGA: Extend outbreak funding as part of Plan B to protect local contact tracing support

Councils across the country continue to lead the local fight against the pandemic. However, the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund is set to end in March 2022, which poses a threat to councils' ability to ramp-up efforts in response to the Omicron variant.

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LGA responds to extension of booster vaccines to those aged 18-39 and second doses for 12 to 15 year olds

“Vaccination is ultimately our route out of this pandemic and the COVID-19 booster and flu jab programmes are mission critical to keeping our population safe and healthy this winter"

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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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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."