“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."
"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."
“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."
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
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