Health and Social Care

Labour commit to providing elderly with free personal care

23/09/2019
The Labour Party has committed to the introduction of free personal care for all older people at an estimated cost of £6bn.

Health and Social Care News

Councils accused of acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs

17/09/2019

Lack of money and increasing demand have been blamed after an allegation that councils were unwittingly acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs.

Cuts force councils to slash public health funding by £72m

16/09/2019

Local authorities plan to cut public health spending by £72m this year in response to reductions in Whitehall funding, the Labour Party says.

Ban junk food shops near schools, report argues

13/09/2019

Unhealthy fast food outlets within a five-minute walk from schools should be banned, a new report has argued today.

Carers’ health ‘sacrificed’ to support cash-strapped care system

13/09/2019

A charity has warned that cuts to spending on carers’ breaks are forcing hundreds of thousands of people to sacrifice their own health to prioritise care for loved ones.

Domestic abuse survivors face homelessness, charity warns

12/09/2019

A charity has warned that women escaping domestic abuse face the risk of homelessness due to a lack of refuge bed spaces.

Social care advice ‘varies’ across Wales, watchdog says

12/09/2019

Standards of advice and help with social care vary from one council to another in Wales, according to the official watchdog.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Charity calls for re-investment in public health grant

10/09/2019

A new study of health and social care spending has found that the Government focuses too much on acute services rather than investing in long-term preventative measures.

Autistic adults left without support by cash-strapped councils

09/09/2019

An inquiry into the impact of the Autism Act a decade after its introduction has revealed that two out of three autistic adults are not getting the support they need.

Ombudsman criticises county for failing to complete agreed remedy

04/09/2019

Staffordshire County Council has come under fire from the local government ombudsman for failing to carry out remedies agreed following an investigation.

New HIV diagnoses at lowest level since 2000

03/09/2019

Figures show that new diagnoses of HIV have fallen by a third in the UK since 2015, and are now at their lowest levels since 2000.

Council’s housing-with-care scheme saves NHS over £300,000 per year

30/08/2019

Housing-with-care schemes in Southampton are responsible for saving the NHS £330,000 per year, the council says.

Social care services to be decommissioned unless funding confirmed

30/08/2019

County leaders have warned councils will soon start to decommission services unless social care funding is confirmed by Whitehall.

Council chiefs back campaign promoting physical activity

29/08/2019

Local authority leaders are backing a campaign to help the 15 million people who live with long-term health conditions in England do more physical activity.

Council apologises for leaving family in ‘overcrowded conditions’ for 10 years

29/08/2019

Lancashire CC has apologised after a woman and her family were left living in what the LGO described as ‘significantly overcrowded conditions’ for 10 years.

Over one billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, charity says

29/08/2019

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, although campaigners argue this number could be higher if stop smoking service cuts were reversed.

Quarter of a million children ‘unhappy’, charity says

28/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more funds for children’s services after a charity found quarter of a million teenagers in the UK are unhappy.

Millions of children go hungry over summer holidays, Labour say

22/08/2019

Government funding on holiday hunger supported less than 4% of all children who are currently eligible for free school meals, the Labour Party have said.

Housing crisis forcing 1.3 million children to live in ‘overcrowded’ conditions

22/08/2019

A new study has revealed that more than one in 10 children in England are living in overcrowded homes because of a lack of suitable housing.

London boroughs warn of £540m care crisis

21/08/2019

A report has warned that unless Whitehall addresses the national social care crisis London’s adult social care system faces a funding gap of £540m by 2025.

Government announces over £3m to support children with mental health issues

20/08/2019

Children and young people are to benefit from a £3.3m injection of cash into local community projects, the Government has announced.

Over 10 million patients in hospitals with ‘dangerous pollution levels’

19/08/2019

Nearly a quarter of hospitals in England are located in areas with poor air quality, new research reveals.

Drug poisoning deaths up 16% in face of public health cuts

16/08/2019

Council chiefs warn that cuts to public health grants are a ‘false economy’ which make it more difficult to provide support and treatment to drug users.

NHS Health Checks to be ‘modernised’, health secretary says

16/08/2019

Health secretary Matt Hancock has launched a review of NHS Health Checks with the aim of moving away from standardised checks towards more tailored programmes.

New partnership to boost HealthTech innovation across Leeds

15/08/2019

A new cross-sector partnership has been signed to boost health technology innovation across the Leeds City Region.

Air pollution could be causing a third of child asthma cases, study warns

08/08/2019

Air pollution could be the cause of up to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe, according to a new study.

Dementia causes one in ten deaths, new figures show

07/08/2019

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease were the cause of more than a tenth of the registered deaths in England and Wales last year, according to new figures.

Campaigners call for 'calorie tax' to tackle obesity

07/08/2019

Companies producing high-calorie foods should be taxed to help tackle the 'obesity crisis', campaigners have demanded.

‘Chaotic’ children’s home shut down

05/08/2019

A council-run children’s home in Lancashire has closed down after an Ofsted inspection rated it as ‘inadequate’.

Johnson unveils £1.8bn NHS cash boost

05/08/2019

Council leaders have warned the £1.8bn cash injection into the NHS will only be effective if the adult social care funding crisis is also addressed.

New guidance to help councils support unpaid carers

02/08/2019

Health experts have issued guidance on how council staff and other professionals can help support unpaid carers.

System struggling to cope with 'explosion' of older children in care, Commissioner warns

01/08/2019

The system is struggling to cope with the increasing number of older children going into care over the past five years, a new report has warned today.

Nottinghamshire councils apologise for ‘decades’ of child abuse

01/08/2019

Nottinghamshire councils have apologised for letting survivors ‘down in worst possible way’ after an inquiry found hundreds of children were abused in care.

Council leaders join call for fairer public health funding

01/08/2019

Local authorities have backed a call by Cancer Research for the new Government to increase public health funding.

Newham Council installs nearly 100 air quality monitors in schools

30/07/2019

The London Borough of Newham has announced it will be installing 96 air quality monitoring tubes in schools across its area in an effort to tackle air pollution.

Foster carers need ‘more support’ to look after LGBTQ young people

30/07/2019

More support is needed for foster carers looking after LGBTQ young people, new study says.

Councils report 'worrying rise' in body image drugs

29/07/2019

Council leaders have reported a ‘worrying’ increase in the number of people using illegal and dangerous body enhancing drugs.

Agencies ‘let down’ Down’s Syndrome woman with scabies

26/07/2019

A safeguarding report has concluded that local agencies in Hackney ‘could have worked better together’ after the death of a woman with Down's Syndrome.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'

25/07/2019

Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

Government should ‘prioritise’ accessible house building, charity says

25/07/2019

Better advice and support is needed to help people move into a more suitable home in later life, according to housing experts.

Charity calls for ‘strong leadership’ to integrate support for disabled children

24/07/2019

Strong leadership is needed to streamline and integrate support for disabled children, according to campaigners.

Prevention green paper blasted as ‘shopping list of half-complete ideas’

23/07/2019

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s prevention green paper as a ‘missed opportunity’ which neglects the role councils play in delivering public health services.

Blackpool Council to keep control of children’s services

23/07/2019

Blackpool Council will keep control of its children’s services following an independent three-month review.

Around 770,000 denied support during social care green paper delay

22/07/2019

Nearly 800,000 people have been denied state help during the social care green paper delay, an elderly persons charity has said.

Elderly people in rural communities have less social care provision, report warns

19/07/2019

The way adult social care is funded has led to deep inequalities in provision, the Salvation Army has warned.

Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

18/07/2019

The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

Whitehall urged to adopt ‘social model’ for dealing with mental health issues

17/07/2019

MPs and social workers have called on the Government to recognise the role of social factors when treating people with mental illnesses.

Homeless people denied access to healthcare, study finds

17/07/2019

Homeless people are being denied access to basic healthcare, a new study has revealed.

Diabetes in children up 50% in five years

15/07/2019

Council chiefs have warned of an 'obesity crisis’ as figures reveal the number of young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes increased 50% in five years.

Javid announces ‘public health duty’ to tackle violent crime

15/07/2019

Sajid Javid will this week announce a new legal duty which will require local authorities and other public bodies to prevent and tackle serious violence.

Tackling youth gambling image

Tackling youth gambling

Ian Butler explains why local government needs a range of interventions and resources to combat gambling for young people.
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