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LGA responds to Health Foundation and King's Fund public health call

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a joint report by the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund calling for public health funding cuts to be reversed.

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LGA responds to Cochrane Report on reducing sugary drinks

“What is needed is a universal adoption of a labelling system which provides an instant ‘at-a-glance’ understanding of sugar content."

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LGA responds to public health announcement

“We are delighted that the Secretary of State has accepted the LGA’s powerful case for councils to keep their vital role and valued responsibilities for providing public health services, rather than transferring them back to the NHS."

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LGA responds to IPPR report on public health and prevention

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research calling for a new approach to public health and prevention.

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LGA responds to latest sexually transmitted infections data

"Radical action is needed in the Government’s impending green paper on prevention, to truly help address the access to contraception and tackle the growing threat of sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis and gonorrhoea."

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LGA responds to latest NHS figures on obesity

“Obesity is one of our most serious public health challenges and these figures are a wake-up call on what is needed to help combat this epidemic."

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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.