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Budget 2017: LGA responds to social care funding

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responded to the Chancellor's Budget announcement that councils will receive £2 billion extra funding for social care over the next three years.

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Sexual health services at tipping point warn councils

Patients could have to wait longer for sexual health services with visits to clinics up by 25 per cent in five years at the same time as funding for councils to provide vital public health services has been cut.

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Response to the latest drug-related deaths figures

"Councils are committed to ensuring drug users get the right support and treatment, and spend more on drug and alcohol treatment than in any other area of public health. This year alone, local authorities are budgeting to spend more than £700 million on tackling substance misuse."

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NHS Digital carers survey - LGA response

“The findings of this report and the link between financial problems caused by caring, and social isolation, highlight the need for government to set out how it will address the needs of carers in its long-awaited Carers Strategy."

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LGA responds to Healthwatch care home study

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a new study by Healthwatch on people’s experiences of care homes.

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LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

No one's elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their own home.

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Obesity crisis: more than 600 young people have type 2 diabetes

“It is vital that the measures in the childhood obesity plan improve the health of young people, and can help parents make more informed choices about the eating habits and lifestyles of their children.”

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LGA responds to Lancet study on care home places

“This analysis reinforces the urgent need to reform adult social care and deliver a long-term sustainable solution."

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LGA responds to Stop Smoking statistics

Councils, which are responsible for public health, run a range of innovative programmes to help people quit smoking and have taken great strides in helping people to stub out tobacco for good. Despite this, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death, responsible for nearly 79,000 deaths a year.

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Councils respond to Healthwatch England care home study

“It is absolutely critical that the Government brings forward its Green Paper on the future of social care announced in the Queen’s Speech, and that it works with local government leaders in delivering a long-term sustainable solution for social care."