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Torbay Council issues contaminated tap water advice


Torbay Council has warned residents in Brixham to boil water before drinking it after dozens of people fell ill due to Cryptosporidium parasites.

Making England smoke-free could redirect £11bn to local economies


A new study has found that if everyone in England stopped smoking, £10.9bn could be redirected to local economies each year.

Sunderland considers minimum alcohol price


Sunderland City Council is set to launch a consultation on introducing a local minimum unit price for alcohol.

Offering alcohol-free beer on draught can improve public health


Making alcohol-free beer more widely available on draught in pubs may help people switch to non-alcoholic drinks without hurting profits, a new study suggests.

Dover issues s114 warning over funding withdrawal


A council could be at risk of issuing a section 114 notice if it is left to shoulder the costs of port biosecurity checks.

UK’s first regular drug checking service launched in Bristol


The first regular drug checking service in the UK has been launched this month in central Bristol.

Half of young vapers never regularly smoked, study finds


A new study has found that 316,000 young people who use disposable vapes never regularly smoked tobacco, but warns that banning the vape products would risk causing relapse among ex-smokers.

Sexual health services ‘at breaking point’


Rising cases of sexually transmitted infections and decreasing levels of funding are pushing sexual health services to ‘breaking point’, according to the Local Government Association.

A million lives ‘cut short’ by inequality


A million people in England had their lives cut short because of health inequality between 2011 and 2019, research has found.

Call for greater drug use surveillance


Council chiefs have called for greater regulation and surveillance of the use of illegal drugs in response to what they have called ‘worrying new trends’.

Councils call for support after ‘stark’ climate change warnings


Local authority leaders have said they need support to prepare communities for climate change after a stark report described the impacts of changing temperatures on people’s health.

Damning reality of asylum


A shocking public health report by Hounslow LBC exposes bleak conditions as councils urge Home Office and contractors to improve.

Councils respond to King’s Speech


The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to proposed legislation announced yesterday in the King’s Speech.

Meals on wheels ‘heading for UK-wide collapse’


The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has called for meals on wheels to become a statutory responsibility for councils after it found provision of the services continued to fall.

Public support more focus on poor health causes


The Government should invest more in public health to address the roots of poor health, according to a poll for the charity Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Councils press for more stringent air quality targets


Local authorities have dismissed claims air pollution targets cannot be met by 2030.

Pandemic planning 'insufficient,' says public health chief


The Government’s lack of planning and top-down approach hindered directors of public health during the pandemic, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry has heard.

Council chiefs call for pay ‘clarity’


Local authority leaders have called for ‘clarity’ on pay increases for staff working in non-NHS provided services will be fully funded.

Poor pandemic planning criticised


Public health directors have criticised the Government’s Covid-19 preparedness – warning Whitehall must utilise council expertise to avoid repeat.

Sexual health services at ‘breaking point’


Local council-commissioned sexual health services are at ‘breaking point’, warn local authority leaders.

MPs call for more funding for alcohol treatment


Local authorities must be given the certainty and stability over funding they need to maintain and improve alcohol treatment programmes, MPs say.

Adult obesity in rural areas up by over 1m


Rural areas are facing a surge in numbers of obese and overweight people but are hamstrung in their efforts to deal with it, according to council leaders.

Diabetics face ‘stark health inequalities’, charity warns


Huge numbers of people with diabetes are not being given the routine checks they need, according to a new report on health inequalities.

Unfunded NHS pay rises could lead to cuts, council chiefs warn


Local authorities might be forced to cut vital public health services if the proposed new NHS pay rises are not properly funded, council leaders warn.

Local health chiefs warn of ‘second health emergency’


The increase in costs of essential food items and energy has created a ‘second health emergency’ after the COVID pandemic, local health chiefs have warned.

Public health grant of £3.5bn ‘insufficient’


The public health grant will be £3.5bn in total, according to the Government, but council leaders have criticised it as ‘insufficient’.

Minister mounts Oflog defence


Local government minister Lee Rowley told councillors to ‘judge us by what we do, not what you worry about’ as he defended the planned Oflog.

Councils ‘in the dark’ about public health funding


Councils are being kept in the dark over budgets for public health in the coming year, local government leaders have warned.

Councils ‘in the dark’ about public health funding


Vital frontline services, such as drug and alcohol treatment, are at risk of being cut unless Government announces public health funding for next year.

Charge manufacturers for fly-tipping clean up, council chiefs say


Manufacturers should contribute to the cost of cleaning up fly-tipped rubbish to help tackle the health risk posed by the illegal practice, council chiefs say.

Council chiefs call for ‘clarity’ on addiction services funding


Council leaders have called for ‘urgent clarity’ on how addiction services will be funded after the figures reveal a rise in number of people seeking help.

Funding cuts reduce health visitor force by 40%


The number of health visitors has plummeted by nearly 40% since 2015 due to public health grant cuts, local authority leaders warn.

Top awards for sector in King Charles III's Honours list


Local government figures from across the sector have been recognised in the first New Year's Honours list under King Charles III.

Council declares ‘pee-back time’


Westminster City Council is cracking down on revellers who use Soho’s streets as a public urinal.

Deaths caused by alcohol reach 'record high'


Council leaders have called for a 'concerted approach' to tackling alcohol dependency after figures showed the number of deaths caused by alcohol has hit a record high.

Number of recorded smokers reaches all-time low


The number of people smoking has fallen to 13% in 2021, the lowest level on record, official figures have revealed.

Council chiefs urge more action to address ‘dental deserts’


Local authority leaders have called for ‘much more’ to be done to address the shortage of NHS dentists as the Government unveils its new dental care plan.

Ministers urged to break the link between drugs and deprivation


Around 1,600 drug-related deaths could be prevented in the North and Scotland if the Government ensures drugs policy reform is included in levelling up plans, a think tank has argued today.

Councils warn of a 'dramatic' fall in teeth extractions due to pandemic


The number of teeth extractions carried out on children in hospital fell to a record low in 2020/21 due to procedures being cancelled or delayed, council leaders have warned.

Public health budget slashed by a quarter, charity reveals


A charity has warned against cuts to public health as an analysis reveals that austerity under Conservative governments has hit the poorest the hardest.

Young children across London to be offered polio vaccine booster


Children aged 1 to 9 in London will be offered a polio vaccine booster after a poliovirus was detected in sewage.

Sharp increase in drug deaths ‘very concerning’, council chiefs say


The over 6% increase in the number of drug related deaths in England and Wales is ‘very concerning’, local authority leaders say.

'Drastic' action needed to meet childhood obesity targets, councils warn


The Government is likely to miss its childhood obesity targets despite a fall in obesity rates in primary school children, council chiefs have warned today.

Councils warn public health investment needed to deliver women’s health strategy


Council leaders have warned that past cuts to public health funding could undermine government efforts to tackle major inequalities within women’s health.

Immediate action needed to achieve smokefree target, review warns


The age in which people can buy tobacco products should increase by one year every year until no-one is able to purchase them in this country, a new review has recommended.

Council chiefs urge people to be alert after new monkeypox cases detected


Local authority leaders have urged everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions as 36 additional cases of monkeypox are detected in England.

Councils warn illicit tobacco could undermine smoking cessation efforts


Council leaders have warned the cost of living crisis could cause more people to use cheap counterfeit tobacco, widening health disparities.

Loneliness-related mental health problems impact vulnerable communities


Disparities in local funding mean that vulnerable citizens are lacking access to social resources that might provide mental health support, study reveals.

Charity warns of 'rapid rise' in food poverty


More than seven million people live in households that have been forced to skip meals because they couldn't afford or get access to food, new data has revealed.

Ministers urged to reverse public health cuts


The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged ministers to reverse public health cuts amid warnings the COVID-19 pandemic has left staff exhausted and exacerbated recruitment difficulties.

England sees ‘significant reduction’ in deaths from hepatitis C


There has been a ‘significant reduction’ in deaths from hepatitis C in England, a new report has revealed.

Report calls for stronger action on major health risk factors


The Government's current approach to tackling the leading risk factors for ill health is 'insufficient' to deliver on its key targets, according to a new report.

Public health directors warn of dangers in ending COVID-19 testing


The Government is reportedly looking at scrapping free tests as part of its national post-COVID plan.

Lack of movement skills in children risks a 'tsunami' of health issues


The UK will face a 'tsunami' of health issues unless the physical activity skills of children and teenagers are improved, academics have warned today.

Council chiefs warn vital health services ‘at risk’


Vital frontline health services are at risk due to a lack of certainty around councils’ public health funding, local authority leaders have warned.

New app to help improve children's diet


A new app to help families improve the diets of their children has been launched today.

Sandwell calls for action on test shortage


A council has written to ministers after it was forced to step in to alleviate a shortage of COVID testing kits.

Lords call for national plan to tackle inactivity


Local authorities should have a legal duty to provide and maintain sport and leisure facilities, according to a Lords Committee.

Alcohol-related deaths rose by record levels during pandemic


The number of deaths caused by alcohol misuse increased by nearly 19% in 2020, official figures have shown.

Largest ever funding boost to tackle drug misuse


All local authorities in England are set to receive new funding to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the next three years.

Wolverhampton to pilot new anti-obesity scheme


Residents in Wolverhampton could receive vouchers and tickets if they adopt healthier lifestyle choices, under a new scheme being piloted in the city.

West Midlands to receive £6.5m to boost sports


The West Midlands are to receive a £6.5m injection of cash to help improve facilities and level up access to community sport as part of the legacy of next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

England's first specialist clinics to help severely obese children


More than 1,000 severely obese children will receive specialist treatment and targeted support every year as part of a new pilot project.

New partnership will roll out anti-spiking tests across Greater Manchester


Anti-spiking tests will be rolled out across major venues in Greater Manchester as part of a new partnership to tackle drink spiking.

Plans to make Wales smoke-free by 2030


A new plan to make Wales smoke-free by the end of the decade has been unveiled.

Putting health and wellbeing at the heart of Ashfield


While many councils are struggling with outdated and under-used leisure facilities, Laura Sharman finds out how Ashfield District Council is bucking this trend thanks to a new leisure management contract and transformation programme.

E-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS


England could become the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes in a bid to reduce smoking rates.

Think-tank makes call for wellbeing budgets


The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

Councils call for £100m investment in school counselling


The Government has been urged to invest at least £100m per year to make school-based counselling available to all children.

One in 10 people will have diabetes within a decade, charity warns


One in 10 adults in the UK could be diabetic by 2030, according to new analysis by Diabetes UK.

Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts


Real terms cuts to local public health work against levelling up and the Government must boost funding after years of underinvestment, say two leading health organisations.

Problem gambling costs society £1.27 billion a year, review finds


Gambling-related harms costs society at least £1.27bn a year, a review by Public Health England has found.

Councils call for £1bn investment for ageing sport facilities


Council leaders are calling for the spending review to include £1bn to modernise sport facilities, after warning nearly two-thirds of the leisure estate is past its replacement date.

‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare


New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

Why councils should have the power to improve safety of cosmetic treatments


Tony Veverka argues local authorities must be given new powers to better regulate non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Councils warn licensing decisions should cover public health


Council leaders have called for the power to take public health into account when deciding whether to grant licences to protect communities from harm.

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales reach record high


The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales reached a record high in 2020, official figures have revealed.

Councils get funding to deliver milk and healthy snack scheme


Scottish local authorities will receive up to £12m funding to ensure all eligible pre-schoolers get milk and a healthy snack.

MPs call for a new exercise campaign to get children more active


The Government should encourage children to become more active by launching a sports equivalent to the '5 A Day' campaign by the end of this year, MPs have said today.

Eight more regions to become Project ADDER Accelerator sites


Eight more local authorities will become Project ADDER Accelerator sites to help tackle drug misuse and crack-down on drug-related crime.

North and Midlands see greatest levels of smoking-related poverty


The number of smokers living in poverty is concentrated in the North and Midlands, according to new research.

Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate


Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.

'Deeply concerning' rise in alcohol-related deaths during pandemic


Increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic has led to a 'deeply concerning' increase in deaths, new figures have warned.

Local government funding cuts have ‘cost lives’, study warns


Cuts in local government funding over recent years have cost lives and reduced life expectancy, academics have warned in a new study.

Review calls for significant investment in drug treatment


Local authorities should be given an extra £550m over the next five years to deliver drug treatment in their local communities, an independent review has said today.

Inquiry finds people in poorest areas 'nearly four times more likely' to die from COVID


People living in the poorest parts of England were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the wealthiest areas, new research has uncovered.

People living in poorest areas most likely to be obese, think tank finds


There has been a 'significant' increase in obesity in the most deprived communities in England, a think tank has warned today.

A diverse approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy


Cllr Khtija Malik outlines Luton’s multi-layered approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy within some communities, and says more help is needed from the Government to help the town bounce back from the ravages of the pandemic.

Councils secure funding for new weight management services


Councils will receive £30m of new funding to help adults achieve a healthier weight and improve wellbeing.

Councils need more data for test and trace, says watchdog


Local authorities’ involvement in test and trace has improved the service – but councils still need more data, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Pregnant women could be offered vouchers to stop smoking


Pregnant women could be offered up to £400 in shopping vouchers to encourage them to quit smoking under new guidelines published today.

Government to set new targets on air pollution


The Government will increase funding to local authorities and set new legal targets on air pollution in a bid to prevent further deaths.

Calls to invest £1bn a year in wild spaces to boost public’s health


A new report has called for an urgent £1bn per year funding package to restore nature at scale.

New framework for public health approach to modern slavery launched


A new framework for a public health approach to tackling modern slavery has been made available for local authorities to access.

Calls for consultation on raising the age of sale for tobacco


A health charity has called for a consultation on raising the age of sale for tobacco to 21 to help cut the number of smokers by thousands every year.

Initial lockdown caused 'unprecedented' drop in activity levels


The pandemic had an ‘unprecedented impact’ on activity levels during the initial restrictions, according to new research.

MPs call for review of 'dangerous' obesity strategy


The Government’s Obesity Strategy has been branded as ‘dangerous’ for people with negative body image by MPs.

Public health funding frozen or cut for 100 councils


Spending per capita has fallen for 31 authorities and frozen for a further 69 after new spending commitments are taken into account.

Council reassures residents after Avian Flu detected on farm


A one kilometre restriction zone has been set up around a poultry farm in Tarporley as Cheshire West and Chester Council respond to an outbreak of Avian Flu.

New 'Singapore-style' Office will tackle leading health risks


A new 'Singapore style' Office for Health Promotion will systematically tackle the ‘top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK’, the Government announced today.

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