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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."


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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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.”

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LGA responds to Contain Framework on councils' local lockdown powers

“Locally-led responses have proven to be the best way to tackle significant outbreaks, which this framework rightly emphasises."

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figures

“Council public health teams remain ready to use their unique expertise, including speaking other languages, and understanding of their communities to try to reach those who cannot be contacted by the system."


LGA responds to ASH report on a million smokers quitting due to coronavirus

“Councils’ public health teams are working hard to continue to reduce smoking rates in their areas, alongside local charities and community groups, and these latest findings are a testament to their efforts."


LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figures

"Everybody has to play their part in helping to get this pandemic under control. It is good that the NHS Test and Trace system is reaching the majority of those who tested positive and who are passing on details of their close contacts, but it is still concerning that nearly 20 per cent of positive cases cannot be found."