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Fizzy drinks

One year on: soft drinks levy needs to go beyond the school gate

Children’s health would be better protected if money raised from the soft drinks levy was spent on local priorities such as playgrounds, activities and afterschool clubs to combat child obesity.

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LGA responds to public health duty to tackle serious violence

“Youth offending teams within councils have an outstanding record of reducing youth crime and making a real difference to young people’s lives, but they are under huge pressure after seeing their government funding halved over the last decade."

LGA responds to official figures showing increase in crack cocaine use

Cllr Ian Hudpseth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the latest official statistics showing an increase in crack cocaine use in England.

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Urgent investment needed to halt decline in children's health visitors

Children’s health visitors have seen a significant fall in numbers and investment is urgently needed to help safeguard the future of our youngest generation.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on the social care burden on women

“Unpaid carers are the backbone of the care system, many of whom are unable to take a break, putting their own health on the line. Without these unsung heroes, who are predominantly women, the system would collapse."

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Council tax will fail to protect adult social care services this year

“Raising council tax has never been the answer to fixing our chronically underfunded social care system."

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LGA responds to PHE figures on hospital tooth extractions among young people

“If the Government is serious about tackling tooth decay early, they should use the upcoming Spending Review to reverse the £700 million real terms reductions to councils’ public health grants between 2015/16 and 2019/20."

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LGA responds to Independent Age analysis on care homes

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to Independent Age analysis on care homes.

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Public health improving under councils, despite substantial cuts

The data demonstrates that the local authority delivery of public health is effective, accountable, efficient and offers great value for money.

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on first 1000 days of life

“Despite facing an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025, councils still spent more on those aged 0-5 than in any other area of public health, often exceeding the amount given to them by government."