LGA RESPONDS TO LATEST ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATH FIGURES
Responding to latest Office for National Statistics figures which show
there were 7,327 alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2016, Chairman of the
Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe,
"It is tragic that 7,327 men and women in the UK died because of alcohol
last year. Behind these appalling statistics are real people - fathers,
mothers, sons, daughters, husbands and wives.
“What is particularly concerning about these figures is that the rates of
alcohol-related deaths were highest in middle aged and older age groups.
Despite drinking comparatively little, older people consume alcohol far more
often. These statistics should serve as a warning around the dangers of
regular drinking over a long period of time.
“Many of us like to have a drink to relax and enjoy our free time, but
councils are committed to helping people cut down on how much they drink,
through supporting initiatives such as Dry January, to raise awareness and
encourage small lifestyle changes which can have a big impact on improving
“Alcohol-related deaths are preventable, and councils would be able to do
more if government reverses the cuts to the public health grant in the
"We have also urged the drinks industry to produce more low strength cider,
wine, beer and spirits with fewer or zero units of alcohol, to tackle
drink-related health problems.
"However, it is disappointing that government has not acted on our call for
a public health objective to be included within the Licensing Act. This
would give councils the power to limit the opening of late-night premises in
areas where there are particular concerns about the cumulative impact of
alcohol on public health."
New club for North Norfolk cake lovers
The world-famous Clandestine Cake Club is coming to North Norfolk.
Founded in Leeds in 2010 by Lynn Hill, the Clandestine Cake Club has
grown to 174 clubs (at the last count). Today you can bake, talk and eat
cake with CCC in locations as far flung as Barcelona, Ohio and Okinawa. Or
you can stay closer to home with the existing Norfolk clubs in Norwich and
The new North Norfolk club will be based around the Cromer/Sheringham/Holt
areas and the first meeting will be on Saturday 18 February in Holt. The
“clandestine” part of the Clandestine Cake Club means that venue details
won’t be released until a few days before the meeting—and only to those who
have signed up to attend.
Club rules are simple: the organisers will set a theme for the event.
Bakers (and their guests) arrive with their cakes and everyone gets stuck
in. What a great way to make new friends! The one non-negotiable rule is
that CCC is a cake club, so bakers must bring a whole cake—no cupcakes,
scones, brownies, muffins, pies or tarts.
For more information and to join the club, visit the website:
www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk/groups/north-norfolk/. Twitter users can