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LGA responds to ADASS Contingencies Survey

“No one receiving services should have to go without, but pre-existing workforce shortages have been compounded by staff absences caused by Omicron, leaving some councils with no choice but to prioritise people in their care."

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LGA responds to new community funding to encourage vaccine take-up

Our response to the Government’s £22.5 million funding announcement to help areas with low vaccine uptake encourage hard to reach people to come forward.

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LGA responds to Migration Advisory Committee report on relaxing immigration rules for care workers

“Care workers should be on the shortage occupation list to help recognise and fill these essential roles, as this report recommends, but we also need a lasting, long-term solution.”

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LGA responds to DHSC announcement on package to protect care sector this winter

“Councils and care providers have done an incredible job throughout the pandemic and continue to do all they can to support and protect those in their care.

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LGA: Extend outbreak funding as part of Plan B to protect local contact tracing support

Councils across the country continue to lead the local fight against the pandemic. However, the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund is set to end in March 2022, which poses a threat to councils' ability to ramp-up efforts in response to the Omicron variant.

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LGA: Councils key to success of vaccine uptake a year on from first vaccine dose

“The vaccine roll-out programme has been a huge success so far and local authorities have been integral to the roll-out of the programme from the beginning, working closely with the NHS."

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LGA responds to latest alcohol-specific deaths statistics

The latest ONS figures on alcohol-specific deaths in the UK show there was an 18.6 per cent increase in deaths from alcohol-specific causes in 2020 compared with the previous year and was the highest year-on-year increase since records began.

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LGA responds to adult social care reform white paper

Responding to the publication of the Government’s white paper on adult social care reform, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This much-anticipated white paper sets out a positive vision for the future of adult social care and it is right that it has been co-produced with and alongside people who draw on care and support. It is also encouraging to see the Care Act is the foundation upon which these reforms will be built, particularly the emphasis on housing, greater recognition of the workforce and skills, and prevention

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LGA responds to HIV Action Plan

"Extra funding towards this target is helpful but more is needed if we are to truly scale up across the whole of local government."

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LGA responds to extension of booster vaccines to those aged 18-39 and second doses for 12 to 15 year olds

“Vaccination is ultimately our route out of this pandemic and the COVID-19 booster and flu jab programmes are mission critical to keeping our population safe and healthy this winter"