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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on variant of concern originating in India

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening on the variant of concern originating in India, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “As the Prime Minister said at his press conference this evening, the new variant is a worrying development and we all need to play our part in ensuring we limit any further transmission. “Councils and their communities, local NHS colleagues and national Government have worked hard to get us to this point and I would urge everyone to listen to local advice to ensure we all do the right things to keep our

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on supporting vulnerable people during lockdown

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

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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 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: 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 public health grant announcement

“Tackling our health inequalities, which have been so starkly exposed during the pandemic, will require significant long-term investment in the public health services which can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce future pressure on the NHS. "

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LGA responds to national day of reflection on anniversary of first lockdown

“As we look towards our recovery and the prospect of a return to a more normal way of life, we must not forget the memory of those who are no longer with us."

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LGA responds to extension of COVID Winter Grant Scheme

"This extra funding is a positive step to enable councils to continue to provide much-needed support to low income households at risk of poverty and financial hardship, including support for families during the Easter holidays alongside the new Holiday Activities and Food fund."