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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Health and Social Care Integration

"It’s important that integration is not seen as an end in itself but as a means to achieving better services and health and wellbeing outcomes, which is why local leadership, across local government and the NHS, is crucial to making sure that health and social care work most effectively for the communities they serve."

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LGA responds to call for more money for adult social care and public health

“Adult social care is vital in its own right and we have been clear for some time that the service is at breaking point and in desperate need of genuinely new funding to secure its future."

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LGA responds to ADASS release on community care

"With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, adult social care is at breaking point."

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LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

"Over recent years, councils have protected adult social care relative to other services. But the scale of the overall funding picture for local government as a whole means adult social care services still face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care."

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LGA responds to NHS Digital figures from the National Child Measurement Programme

"The UK is already one of the most obese nations in western Europe, with one in three 10 and 11-year-olds and one in five four and five-year-olds classed as overweight or obese, respectively."

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LGA responds to report by Think Local Act Personal and the Coalition for Collaborative Care

"Ensuring people are defined not by the services they receive but by the many factors that make them unique human beings must be at the heart of good social care and support."

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LGA responds to Theresa May's announcement on mental health and suicide

"Suicide prevention is a high priority for councils, which already provide a range of vital services that support the health and mental wellbeing of our communities."

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LGA responds to Government announcement on funding for social care

"Putting in place the right services and workforce requires forward planning and longer term contracts. Adult social care services still face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care."

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LGA responds to survey by BASHH and BHIVA on sexual health services

Councils are having to carefully consider how best they can spend their public health funding, which has been reduced by £600 million, to maximise cost effectiveness, improve people’s health through better access for service users and ensure prompt provision of contraception to reduce unplanned pregnancies.

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LGA responds to Healthwatch England report on social care and carers

Responding to Healthwatch England’s report into Social Care and carers, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, adult social care is at breaking point. “Over recent years, councils have protected adult social care relative to other services. But the scale of the overall funding picture for local government means adult social care services still face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards. The likely consequences of this are more