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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on public health funding

“It is essential that councils have the capacity, workforce and funding to stand up locally-driven testing and contact tracing as soon as possible, to be able to respond swiftly to any future outbreaks or public health emergency.”

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on adult social care funding

“We remain concerned that the money allocated to social care from the Health and Care Levy will not be enough to fund the Government’s previously announced reforms."

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NHS backlog could take even longer to clear without immediate social care funding, warn council and health leaders

The Local Government Association and NHS Confederation are joining forces to call on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to provide genuinely new money for social care so that it also benefits from funding to tackle immediate pressures.

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LGA responds to PAC report on test and trace

“Coronavirus will be with us for many months and years ahead and councils want to play their full part in helping to design a test and trace strategy for the medium and long-term which keeps our communities safe."

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LGA responds to Home Care Association report on social care pay

“Our own estimates show £1.5 billion is needed now to stabilise the care provider market and then £1.1 billion per year over the next three years, to meet extra costs from rising demand for social care while maintaining current levels of quality and access."

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LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

“The Spending Review and forthcoming white paper must set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, involving councils, care workers and those with lived experience, if we are to build back better and develop a care and support system fit for the future.”

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LGA responds to funding for adult social care workforce

“Next week’s Spending Review will need to provide sustainable funding to help councils and providers plan with confidence over a longer-term as opposed to one-off, time-limited injections of funding."

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LGA responds to NHS Digital report into number of social care requests

The LGA responds to the 2020/21 adult social care finance and activity report for England, published by NHS Digital.

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Councils respond to Health Secretary COVID-19 press conference

"The COVID-19 booster and flu jab programmes are mission critical to keeping our population safe. As we head into winter, it remains absolutely vital that we continue to minimise the spread of the virus."

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on impact of pandemic on shielding population

"Protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities has been councils’ number one priority throughout the pandemic."