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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of the next step of the roadmap

“Councils continue to work closely with local businesses to help high streets reopen safely and successfully again from 12 April.”

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LGA responds to expert study on COVID-19 tests and self-isolation

“The findings of this study are concerning. Although the roll-out of the vaccine is providing us with hope of a return to our normal way of life, the responsibility on us all to get ourselves tested when necessary and share our contacts on request will be needed for some time to come."

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LGA responds to launch of Office for Health Promotion

"Everyone agrees that prevention is better than cure. Any move to help make our residents be happier and healthier is encouraging and councils look forward to working with the new Office for Health Promotion."

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LGA: Social care needs a ‘1948 moment’ to secure its future

"Over the last year, social care has proven that it is not simply a set of services needed by some because of age or disability, but a vital way of ensuring all people are supported to live a full life and maintain relationships and connections, whatever their circumstances, spanning various organisations, volunteers and staff."

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LGA responds to NAO report on the adult social care market

“The Government should urgently bring forward its proposals on the future of adult social care, including a timetable for reform, as soon as possible and before the summer parliamentary recess.”

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LGA responds to launch of UK Health Security Agency

“Public health teams in councils have been at the forefront of the tremendous local response to the pandemic and we look forward to working with the new UK Health Security Agency.”

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LGA responds to APPG on Loneliness inquiry

“As this report makes clear - long-term, sustainable funding for councils is needed so they can tackle this urgent public health issue.”

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LGA: Frontline funding for public health teams crucial to post-pandemic recovery

To match the growth in overall NHS funding as part of the Long Term Plan, the Government should commit to increasing the public health grant in future years to at least £3.9 billion by 2024/25.

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LGA responds to Supreme Court ruling on sleep-in shifts

"Had the appeal been upheld, care providers and councils providing social care would have faced massive bills, which would have increased the huge financial pressures they are already facing."

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LGA responds to extra social care funding announcement

Extra funding support for social care has been crucial in our battle against COVID-19. This also needs to be followed by a long-term, sustainable settlement for adult social care.