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LGA responds to NHS Health Checks review

"Councils have done a tremendous job in inviting more than 14 million eligible people to have a check over the last five years, of which 6.8 million have taken up the offer."

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LGA responds to latest drug-related deaths figures

“We have long argued that reductions to councils’ public health grant, which is used to fund drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services, is a false economy which will only compound acute pressures for criminal justice and NHS services further down the line."

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LGA responds to FSB potholes analysis

"Currently, 43 times more per mile is spent on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network."

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Loan sharks warning as debt enquiries hit record high

The loan sharks warning comes as latest figures show that 12,652 people a week in the UK are seeking help for problem debt – the equivalent of one person every 48 seconds.

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LGA responds to Cycle to Work Day

“To mark the day, councils are encouraging residents to cycle by promoting cycling proficiency tests and bike safety awareness campaigns, providing dedicated on-road cycle paths, installing secure cycle parking on high streets and supporting bike sharing schemes."

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LGA responds to Which? report into coverage ‘blackouts’

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, responds to the report by Which? that found that millions are at risk of mobile signal ‘blackouts’.

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Spending Review announcement: LGA response

“Vital local services provided by councils face a funding gap of more than £5 billion next year, rising to £8 billion by 2025."

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LGA responds to PM NHS funding announcement

Responding to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the NHS will receive a cash injection of £1.8 billion, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: ”While is important that the NHS is adequately funded, it is clear that there cannot be a sustainable health service without a sustainable adult social care system.  ”The Prime Minister has promised to bring forward proposals for a long-term solution to the adult social care funding crisis. It is vital that the Prime Minister plugs the £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care to keep services

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'Tombstoning' youngsters risk leaping to their deaths, councils and fire chiefs warn

“Tombstoning is extremely dangerous and anyone doing it is dicing with death or risks ending up with life-changing or serious injuries"

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LGA responds to no-deal Brexit preparations announcement

Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Brexit Taskforce, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said: ”The Government has listened to our calls recognising the central role councils play and that more resources are needed for their Brexit preparations. The funding announced today will help councils continue to co-ordinate their efforts. With councils already facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion in 2019/20 it is more important now than ever that councils receive the resources they need for their on-going Brexit preparations. “Councils are already taking a lead on preparations for Brexit and have