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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."

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LGA and Health Foundation: Major health factors to be explored by councils in pioneering programme

Transforming our communities to become better places to be born, grow, live and age are at the heart of a major new programme launched and led by councils

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LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus

“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."


LGA responds to Diabetes UK warning that almost one in 10 people will have diabetes by 2030

“Obesity and its close association with Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and these figures are a worrying wake-up call."

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LGA responds to Covid autumn winter plan

“Councils stand ready to support the NHS in the roll out of a booster vaccination programme, including using their unique local knowledge to help contact and prioritise all those who are eligible."

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LGA responds to COVID-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds

“Vaccines are our ultimate route out of this pandemic and councils want to play their full part in what will be our largest ever school vaccination programme, given their existing close working relationship with schools, parents and health professionals."

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LGA responds to latest sexually transmitted infections data

LGA responds to Public Health England’s annual sexually transmitted infections (STI) data for 2020, which show a decline in the number of people attending and testing positive for STIs.

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LGA responds to appointment of new Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

Cllr David Fothergill, responds to the announcement of Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy as the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and the formal launch of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

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Obesity crisis: Treatment for Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly 60 per cent in five years

Councils say the forthcoming Spending Review must provide investment in community sports and leisure facilities, along with long-term funding for local authority weight management services and healthy schools initiatives.

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LGA responds to latest estimated Long Covid prevalence data

“All of us involved in the pandemic response need to have an honest debate about the potential implications of Long Covid on resources and capacity, not just in terms of pressures on the NHS, but also on our overstretched and under-pressure social care system and other vital council services."