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LGA responds to Monkeypox cases

“The outbreak has highlighted the important health protection work of local authority commissioned sexual health services."

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LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis 

Local authorities’ public health grant has seen a reduction of £1 billion since 2015/16, adversely affecting councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system, including smoking cessation and tobacco control.

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LGA responds to Drug Strategy funding allocations

“This funding is an important step forward in helping to support councils in addressing drug dependency in their local communities."

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Councils call for extension of local outbreak management cash as COVID-19 cases rise

"With time running out, it is vitally important that the Government extends part of the Contain Outbreak Management Fund. This will allow councils to respond to new variants, tackle outbreaks in at-risk settings and recruit and retain vital public health staff. "

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Public health staff shortage and exhaustion warning as COVID-19 infection rates rise

"Local public health teams have gone above and beyond over the last two years to support their communities through the pandemic. It is clear that staff are exhausted from this effort and there are growing gaps in the public health workforce."

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LGA: Review VAT on e-cigarette sales to help stop smoking efforts

To mark No Smoking Day today (Wednesday), the LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for VAT on e-cigarette sales to be reduced from 20 to 5 per cent to bring it in line with sales on nicotine gum and patches.

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LGA responds to Living with Covid strategy

“The Government should ensure that local outbreak management plans can be stepped up if required if there is a re-emergence of the virus and that all partners are sufficiently resourced to make this happen."

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Local outbreak management cash will still be needed as part of Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ strategy

Government must continue to provide funding for local public health teams to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in their areas as part of its Living with Covid strategy, councils say today.

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LGA statement on the public health settlement

"The announcement today provides immediate certainty, but we need a clear long-term plan on the future which recognises the public health challenges we face as a country."

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Healthy life expectancy – LGA responds to Levelling Up White Paper

“If we are to truly level up, we must focus on reducing poor health outcomes as well as economic imbalances between regions. It is encouraging that the levelling up white paper is expected to address narrowing the gap in healthy life expectancy and reducing obesity."