Four-day week in public sector could create 500,000 new jobs, think tank argues


The public sector should pioneer a shorter working week with no loss of pay, a think tank has argued.

Government announces £5m for COVID-19 ‘social prescribing’


The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5m to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls for urgent investment in mental health recovery


Investment in mental health is crucial to seeing the country through the next phases of the pandemic, a new report has said today.

Pandemic leaves one in five teenagers unhappy with their lives


More than a million teenagers are unhappy with their lives, according to new research looking at the impact lockdown has had on well-being.

Public parks at 'significant' risk of loss, charity warns


Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their local green space in the coming years due to development, research has warned today.

High-rise residents warn worries over fire safety causing mental distress


A survey of residents living in high-rise buildings in Manchester has found fire safety risks are damaging their mental health and wellbeing.

Foster parents at risk of burnout and stress, study warns


Foster carers are more likely to suffer from secondary traumatic stress due to their exposure to the trauma stories of their foster children, a study has revealed.

Cities of the past, for the future


Dominic Manfredi discusses why taking learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment.

Watchdog warns Public Service Boards must change to realise full potential


Public Service Boards (PSBs) are not being used to their full potential or scrutinised properly, a new report has found today.

How accommodation can support student wellbeing


The number of students seeking mental health support while studying at university has increased by more than 50% in the last five years – and their accommodation can play a huge part in this. Zachary Spire explains.

Launch of £5m fund to support unpaid carers


A new pot of government money will help promote the health and wellbeing of people who look after others, according to minister for care Caroline Dinenage.

Primary schools to teach about mental wellbeing


The Department for Education has announced that primary school children are to be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing and how to recognise when classmates may be struggling.

UK youth ‘let down’ on long-term health issues


Youth in the UK are being ‘let down’ when it comes to treating long-term illnesses such as asthma, according to an independent health think tank.

Manchester’s infant mortality rate rises 40%


The infant mortality rate in Manchester has increased by around 40% over the last decade, according to a report by the city council.

Hearing the voices of children in care


Dr Claire Baker explores what children and young people living in care actually feel about their lives and care experience.

Children’s happiness ‘declining’, charity finds


The well-being of children is as low as it was 20 years ago, according to an alarming new report from a children’s charity.

Getting physical


Andy Howell explains how active healthier lifestyles are being driven by urban renewal in Slough.

Can local government lead the world?


Liz Zeidler explains why a new system has been launched to measure 'true' progress and prosperity.

Most children in care believe it has improved their lives, survey reveals


Children in care are more likely to feel safe than those in the general population, according to a new study.

Council approves plan for new children and family hubs


Medway Council in Kent has rubber stamped plans to shut six children's centres in a bid to remodel the service and save an estimated £1.6m.

New ‘wellbeing indicators’ to help councils understand their residents published


Councils will now be able to tailor their services to residents’ needs by drawing on a wide-ranging set of data concerning ‘wellbeing’.

1957 ‘happiest’ year of the twentieth century, study reveals


The Victorian’s were ‘happier’ than we are today and 1957 was the ‘happiest’ year of the twentieth century, new research into the relationship between happiness and public policy reveals.

Rural areas suffer ‘patchy’ service provision


Rural communities are suffering due to the ‘patchy’ provision of key services, a ‘worrying’ new report reveals.

Late intervention costing councils £6.4bn a year finds research


It costs local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems affecting children and their families, new research has revealed.

Are STPs achievable?


Mike Gill considers whether Sustainability and Transformation Plans can actually be delivered in such a short timeframe.

Post hospital care reduces readmittance rates, study finds


Post hospital support for older patients improves their quality of life and reduces readmittance rates, new research reveals.

Improving ‘wellbeing’ key purpose of local government


A leading charity has joined forces with global leaders to produce advice for councils on how to improve people's sense of wellbeing.

Quarter of a million girls in Britain ‘unhappy’, charity finds


Over a quarter of a million girls in Britain are unhappy, with huge numbers struggling with the way they look, according to a children’s charity.

Holyrood to push ahead with named person plans


The controversial named person policy in Scotland will go ahead despite being delayed by a UK Supreme Court ruling, deputy first minister John Swinney has confirmed.

Councils back new regulations to reduce gambling harm


Gambling operators will need to produce risk assessments to show how they are reducing harm in their local areas under new regulations that came into effect from today.

Government publishes profiles of children's health


New data outlining the state of UK children’s health was published today and will enable local authorities to learn how they are doing in this critical area.

The strong foundations of community involvement


Tony Armstrong welcomes the new 'healthy towns' initiative but warns engaged communities should be at the heart of any plans

300,000 elderly people suffering from chronic loneliness


The Government must provide more support for older people suffering loneliness and restore the 'crumbling' social care system, campaigners have demanded.

New £80m fund to tackle domestic violence


The Government has set aside £80m to help protect women and girls from violence.

Councils call for control over sports funding to help reduce premature deaths


Council leaders are calling for more control over sports and leisure funding in a bid to reduce the ‘alarming’ levels of premature deaths.

Councils tackle gambling-related harm with ‘cutting edge’ research


Two local authorities have become the first in the UK to map people at risk of gambling-related harm in their communities.

Extra £1bn a year to treat mental health problems


The Government has pledged to invest an extra £1bn in mental health care by 2021, following the publication of a new report showing a million more people will access mental health services.

Health professionals ‘overlooking’ malnutrition


Less than half of health professionals (47%) feel confident they have the right knowledge and skills to help people at risk of malnutrition, according to a new survey.

Public health under threat from cuts, survey finds


Cuts to health grants will have a detrimental impact on public health, according to the majority of directors of public health (DsPH).

How technology can maximise effectiveness of social care budgets


Michael White explores the growing trend for councils to use personalised budgets to improve the health and well-being of older people.

Support for abused children ‘inadequate’


A survey of more than 1,000 professionals has found 96% think support offered to abused children is inadequate.

Concerted effort needed to tackle loneliness, says LGA


Loneliness among older people is putting huge pressure on local services and must be taken more seriously as a major public health issue, council leaders have warned.

Study reveals the economic value of green spaces


Every pound spent on maintaining green spaces contributes £30 towards health and wellbeing benefits, a new study has revealed.

Report: Community transport can save public services £1.1bn a year


Community transport schemes could save up to £1.1bn a year by relieving the pressure on public services and helping older people to remain active, according to a new report.

Guidance offers advice on tackling loneliness in older people


Local authorities have been urged to organise activities for older people to tackle loneliness and depression.

Experts call for reform of 'fat letter'


The Government should scrap the so-called ‘fat letter’ sent to parents of overweight children, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Councils spend ‘close to nothing’ on mental health warns charity


Councils have been urged to improve mental health services after new figures revealed only 1% of public health budgets on average are spent on mental health.

Call for protection of leisure centres to tackle ‘deadly’ inactivity


Leisure services should be considered as part of public health spending reviews to protect them from cuts and closure, according to the findings of a new report into Britain’s physical inactivity problem.

Council launches drive to register stem cell donors


Glasgow’s teenagers are encouraging Scotland’s young people to sign-up to be life-saving stem cell donors.

Local authorities should help tackle ‘household food insecurity’


Local authorities should establish food access plans that will address any physical barriers to affordable, nutritious food in their area, according to a new report.

Public support tax on unhealthy food


More than half of the British public would support a tax on unhealthy food and rink, according to the results of a new poll.

Tangible actions to tackle FGM


Javed Khan says a multi-agency approach is needed to successfully tackle FGM

New resource launched to tackle poor housing conditions


A new online resource to show local authorities the impact housing conditions can have on physical and mental health has been launched today.

Parks group calls for study into 'green prescriptions'


Clinical trials into how ‘green prescriptions’ can help improve public health should be conducted by the Government, according to an association representing the UK’s parks.

We are living in an age of ‘battery-reared’ children, says report


We are living in an age of ‘battery-reared’ children who are being prevented from playing and exercising outside the home, according to a report from an all-party parliamentary group looking at childhood play.

Councils urged to tackle inequality in men's health services


Only 18% of councils are collecting gendered health data, according to the findings of a new report.

Hunt accused of doing 'nothing' on childhood obesity report


Health secretary, Jeremey Hunt, has been accused of doing ‘absolutely nothing’ to action a plan on how to cut childhood obesity.

Council launches one-stop health shop


Medway Council has opened a shop to give people advice on healthy eating, giving up smoking and tackling substance misuse.

One in five children are rejected mental health treatment


One in five children with mental health issues are rejected for treatment, according to analysis of official data by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Telecare: the future of health and wellbeing


Discover how telecare can change how healthcare is delivered and allow people to stay in their homes for longer.

Brighton & Hove pledges to be 'sugar smart'


Brighton & Hove has become the first council to launch a city-wide campaign aimed at tackling sugar addiction.

The misalignment of health and social care


Ian R. Smith calls for an urgent need for reform to avert a deepening crisis in health and social care.

Regulator to review junk food advertising to children


A consultation on whether new rules to ban the non-broadcast advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children is being launched next year by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

Councils urge residents to kick smoking habit


Councils across the country are urging smokers to give up cigarettes ahead of new legislation that bans smoking in cars carrying children.

Councils given advice to prepare and prevent 'suicide clusters'


New guidance to help councils prevent and react to ‘suicide clusters’ has been published by Public Health England (PHE).

New guide puts ex-addicts at heart of service design


Local authorities have been urged to involve recovering alcohol and drug users in developing treatment services.

County launches partnership to reduce suicides


Kent County Council has launched a new campaign to reduce the suicide rate of young men, in partnership with Kent County Football League.

'Shocking' variations in health for under-fives, report finds


Huge variations in levels of childhood obesity and other problems have been revealed before the responsibility for health services for under-fives is transferred to local authorities.

Report reveals diabetes risk for five million people


A new report has revealed five million people in England have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Cuts in school nurses causing health 'crisis'


A lack of investment in school nursing is leading to a health crisis among children and young people, nurses' leaders have warned.

Achieving a healthy workforce


Rachel Wiles explains why Hertfordshire County Council has launched a health screening programme for all its staff.

Welsh Government pledges to carry on protecting mental health budgets


Wales will continue to ring-fence funding for mental health services following a review.

Steamed or battered? Council pushes fish and chip shops to go healthy


A borough has called on local fish and chip shops to sell steamed fish as part of efforts to promote healthy eating.

Call for ban on smoking in public places


Smoking should be banned in public places such as parks and outside schools, according to a new report on how to cut the number of people who smoke.

Councils asked how best to manage £200m public health cuts


Councils have been asked how the £200m reduction in public health funding should be implemented in a new consultation document.

Councils urged to tackle the ‘devastating consequences’ of loneliness


Councils should provide and maintain essential services that help tackle the loneliness of older people, according to a new campaign.

Millions cut from mental health budgets warns charity


A mental health charity is warning about a ‘disturbing’ disinvestment in young people’s mental health services, after figures showed £35m was cut from services in the last year.

Gangs using homeless children to expand drug lines warns report


Children that have runaway or been declared missing are being used by gangs to expand inner city drug rings into county towns, according to a report by the Missing People charity and the Catch22 Dawes Unit.

Councils urged to 'step up' support for survivors of FGM


Politicians and policy makers at all levels are being urged to act on a new report mapping out the prevalence of female genital mutilation across England and Wales.

15m workers urged to join public health workforce


Hairdressers, cleaners and firemen have been urged to support efforts to improve public health, in a new report published today.

Council considers smoking ban for beaches and parks


Smoking could be banned on beaches in Brighton and Hove under new plans to protect the health of children.

Greater Manchester signs groundbreaking health leadership deal


A unique agreement has been signed between councils and health chiefs in Greater Manchester, setting out a vision for united local leadership.

Poll reveals 'deeply worrying' lack of local support for dementia sufferers


Hundreds of thousands of people with dementia are being ‘let down’ thanks to a lack of local support, a poll of GPs suggests.

Hunt calls for new social contract in health


The public should be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own health and looking after elderly relatives, according to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Council reviews ‘no ball games’ signs in childhood obesity push


A London borough could scrap many of its ‘no ball games’ signs in a bid to combat childhood obesity and help youngsters play.

Council funding cuts could 'mute' patients, health watchdog warns


Health service consumers' watchdog Healthwatch is demanding to know how local authorities which have cut its funding plan to continue their work.

Councils successfully getting high-risk people to have a free health check


More people are having a free NHS health check since local authorities took over the responsibility for delivering them, new figures have revealed.

People with a mental health crisis being 'failed' by public services, says regulator


Local authorities are failing to work with health bodies to ensure people having a mental health crisis have access to immediate care, the care regulator is warning today.

Investment in the walk to school benefits everyone


Find out how Living Streets’ WoW (Walk once a Week) scheme can increase the number of children walking to school.

Active people create winning cities, say experts


Experts are gathering today to make the case that cities that encourage physical activity have a clear economic advantage.

Wales plans e-cigarette ban amid stricter demands on councils


Smoking e-cigarettes could be banned in enclosed spaces and councils hit with new demands over local toilets under new Welsh public health laws.

Welsh council to ban cigarettes from seafront and playgrounds


Proposals to trial a smoke-free beach in Pembrokeshire have been backed today by Pembrokeshire County Council.

GPS dementia watch pilot launched by town hall and police


A ‘groundbreaking’ GPS watch pilot has been launched to support dementia sufferers in Kent, helping residents stay safe and retain their independence.

Report reveals health concerns for unpaid carers


New research has revealed the health of many unpaid carers is deteriorating year-on-year, leading to calls for the Government to increase the level of practical support available.

Study warns of obesity timebomb


The UK is facing an obesity ‘crisis’ with the majority of people expected to be overweight by 2030, new research is warning.

Council calls for more twerking in health campaign


North Linconshire council is calling for people to twerk in a stand against heart disease.

UK ‘ashamed’ as foodbank use reaches historic high


A record one million people received at least three days of emergency help from foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust last year, figures reveal.

Research calls for targeted treatment for obese people


A new study has shown there are six different types of obese people and has urged policy makers to target people accordingly.

Charity calls for more effective way of treating those with complex needs


A national programme to deliver public services to people with multiple and complex needs should be developed, according to a new manifesto from charity Revolving Doors Agency.

Councils urged to signpost support for blind veterans


Local authorities have been urged to signpost the free support available for veterans suffering from sight loss, with new research showing many ex-service personal are missing out on services.

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