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LGA: COVID-19 has created ‘perfect storm’ of health inequalities

“COVID-19 has cruelly exposed and exacerbated the many social and health problems which existed before the pandemic, that need to be urgently addressed as part of our national recovery."

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LGA statement: self-isolation exemptions guidance

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the publication of government guidance on exemptions from self-isolation for critical workers.

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LGA responds to concerns about self-isolation for critical workers

"It is clear that the current high prevalence of COVID-19 has resulted in large numbers of close contacts being required to self-isolate, which is placing pressure on some council services due to staff shortages. Most councils have been able to keep services running but there is a concern that, if rates increase further, many will be forced to prioritise services that protect the most vulnerable in their communities."

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LGA responds to PHE report on alcohol consumption and harm during COVID-19

Councils, which are responsible for public health services, are committed to continue supporting people with alcohol and other substance misuse problems despite ongoing pressures made worse by the pandemic.

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LGA responds to Dame Carol Black report on drugs prevention, treatment and recovery services

"Investing in drug prevention and treatment now will reap benefits for everyone longer-term, including for the NHS, criminal justice and other public services."

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Long Covid: Councils set out need for plan, funding and research on long-term health and care impact

COVID-19’s expected long-term health impact needs to be recognised in future public health and social care planning.

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the impact of COVID-19

"Coronavirus has starkly exposed and widened existing health inequalities and this report is another important reminder of the need to prioritise public health in our attempts to build back better from the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on easing restrictions

"Whilst we are all keen to get back to normal as soon as possible, we all still need to remain vigilant and use common sense wherever necessary."

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LGA responds to King’s Fund report on inequalities in obesity rates across England

“Tackling our health inequalities will require significant long-term investment in public health services."

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LGA responds to interim advice on how most vulnerable could be offered COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn

“Any decision on offering a booster jab later this year, to protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of winter, will be supported by councils and their directors of public health in our collective national effort to end the pandemic."