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LGA responds to Royal College of Physicians poll on winter pressures

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a Royal College of Physicians poll on winter pressures.

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LGA responds to government's commitment to reach zero HIV transmissions

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s commitment to make the UK the first country to reach zero HIV transmissions by 2030.

Durham County Council: seized cigarettes

Illegal tobacco trade harming efforts to cut smoking, councils warn

"The sale of cheap, illegal tobacco by rogue traders in shops, private homes and through social media is funding organised criminal gangs and damaging legitimate traders, as well as making it easier for young people to get hooked on smoking, which undermines councils’ efforts to help people quit."

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LGA responds to childhood obesity trailblazer announcement

The Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme sees 13 local authorities from across the country shortlisted from a total of 102 applications to trial new approaches in their communities, with a particular focus on reducing the ‘deprivation gap’.

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LGA responds to RCPCH state of child health report

“This report rightly reinforces our call for public health funding reductions to be reversed, in order to help councils protect children’s health and reduce inequalities."

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LGA responds to NHS funding for expansion of PrEP trial

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an announcement by NHS England about funding for the expansion of the PrEP Impact Trial to 26,000 participants by 2020.

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LGA responds to NHS England decision to expand PrEP trial

"We are pleased that NHS England has decided to fund the expansion of this successful trial of PrEP, ahead of a planned national rollout as part of our united approach to defeat the spread of HIV."

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Response to NHS long term plan to help problem drinkers and smokers

Councils are tackling persistent problems as part of their public health responsibilities, including helping to prevent those with alcohol and tobacco dependency ending up in hospital and placing an extra burden on our already-strained NHS.

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LGA responds to NHS funding for 'drunk tanks'

“To help support councils take more pressure off the NHS, government needs to reverse cuts to councils’ public health funding.”

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Councils respond to cut in public health grants allocation

The Government has announced an extra £20 billion for the NHS, but is now taking vital money away from the services which can be used to prevent illness and the need for treatment later down the line.