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LGA: Vaccination strategy urgently needed to help boost immunity

The Government should publish its long-awaited vaccination strategy as soon as possible to help reverse a dramatic decline in take-up and protect young and vulnerable people from deadly infections, the Local Government Association says today.

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LGA responds to Commission for Equality in Mental Health report

“Councils have a crucial role to play in issues affecting wider mental health, such as housing, skills, employment, transport and public spaces."

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LGA responds to Ash report on Stop Smoking Services funding

“Smoking rates continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights there needs to be greater help for those most in need of support, including routine and manual workers or people with mental health conditions."

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LGA and Health Foundation launch 'Shaping Places for Healthier Lives'

​​​​​​​The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Health Foundation are inviting local authorities to bid for the new ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’ scheme, which will look to support and promote innovative ways of tackling health inequalities by improving the conditions of where people are born, grow, live, and age in their local areas.

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LGA responds to social prescribing research

“Locally-led, targeted interventions and facilities, such as museums, libraries, leisure centres and parks, have a major role to play in helping communities to become creative and physically active."

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LGA responds to Sustain report on junk food planning policies

“Numerous councils have set curbs on new fast food outlets but need planning powers to tackle the clustering of existing takeaways already open."

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LGA responds to adult substance misuse statistics

Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, responds to annual adult substance misuse treatment statistics for 2018/19, published by Public Health England.

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LGA responds to IPPR report on public health funding

“All political parties need to commit to giving councils greater powers and funding to help improve the health of our population and relieve pressure on our overstretched health service."

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LGA responds to increase in funeral expenses payments

"This increase in funeral expenses payments is something the LGA has long called for and will help eligible families meet the costs of funerals for their loved ones."

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LGA responds to Government's sexual and reproductive health strategy announcement

“Councils invest more than £600 million a year in sexual health services, but rising demand is continuing to push some councils’ sexual health services to capacity. It is therefore essential that the strategy is fully funded."