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Urgent investment needed to boost mental health recovery

Failure to urgently invest in mental health and other vital local services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the pandemic, councils in England warn today. 

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LGA responds to publication of NHS People Plan 2020/21

“It is vital that councils are given a key role in coordinating the health and care system, now and in the future. Social care needs to be given parity of esteem with the NHS and any plans to improve pay and rewards to help drive recruitment should focus equally on both."

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LGA responds to PAC report on social care during coronavirus

“Social care has been on the frontline throughout this crisis but this report’s conclusions show that those who use, work and volunteer in these vital services were not given as much priority as the NHS from the outset."

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LGA responds to health foundation report on social care during coronavirus

Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS and this needs to be backed up by a genuine, long-term and sustainable funding settlement for adult social care, which we have been calling for long before the current crisis.

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One year on from PM's pledge: social care needs a reset

We need a radical rethink of what we want social care to be and how we can help achieve it.

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Councils respond to obesity strategy

“Cost-effective prevention work by councils is critical to reducing the risk of people having their lives shortened by obesity-related conditions and tackling the stark health inequalities so ruthlessly exposed by this pandemic."

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LGA responds to Age UK report on self-funders paying for care

“People of all ages should be able to live the lives they want to lead and councils are doing all they can to protect social care services, despite the impact of the pandemic exacerbating the serious long-term funding and demand pressures facing adult social care."

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Flu vaccination programme - LGA statement

Responding to the expansion of the flu vaccination programme, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Extending the free winter flu jab to as many people as possible is essential if we are to tackle two potentially deadly viruses head-on and prevent one seasonable and predictable virus creating the conditions for a second, more serious and unpredictable deadly second wave of COVID-19. “We are pleased the Government has widened the criteria for a free jab and urge it to consider whether a free flu jab can also be offered

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LGA responds to data sharing announcement

“Councils need all the tools at their disposal to help with locating and preventing future local outbreaks of coronavirus in their communities.

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LGA: Alfresco summer calls for smoke-free pavements

"Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and councils want to work with government on how to keep driving down smoking rates for the benefit of a healthier society.”