Wellbeing

‘Stark variation’ in the well-being of care leavers

25/11/2020

A study has revealed there is a wide variation between the well-being of care leavers across different local authorities in England.

Food poverty linked to mental and physical distress

10/11/2020

New research has revealed that people who have experienced food poverty are more likely to live with obesity and suffer from increased levels of physical and mental distress.

Managing uncertainty - Children’s services and the COVID effect

09/11/2020

Jo Porter outlines what further steps central government and local authorities should take to ensure that the wellbeing of vulnerable children is prioritised if or when referrals spike.

Connecting with 'hardest to reach' holds key to COVID recovery, says report

13/10/2020

Failing to connect with so called ‘hard to reach’ individuals will have wide ranging implications for public health and wellbeing, a report has warned today.

Children ‘responded with resilience’ to lockdown, study says

12/10/2020

Young people have faced a number of mental health challenges during the lockdown but overall they have reported relatively stable levels of happiness, according to the Government’s second State of the Nation report.

Mayor 'rejects' government lockdown restrictions

02/10/2020

Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston, has said he doesn't accept the new lockdown measures being imposed by the Government as they are based on ignorance and factual inaccuracies.

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

01/09/2020

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’

17/08/2020

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

07/08/2020

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

30/07/2020

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

28/05/2020

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

24/02/2020

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

12/12/2019

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

12/12/2019

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

08/10/2019

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

09/09/2019

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

12/06/2019

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

26/02/2019

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

20/02/2019

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%

04/01/2019

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

15/11/2018

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

29/08/2018

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

27/02/2018

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

Can local government lead the world?

20/02/2018

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

19/02/2018

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

10/08/2017

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

18/07/2017

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

23/01/2017

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

17/01/2017

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

17/11/2016

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?

07/11/2016

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

21/09/2016

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

14/09/2016

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

31/08/2016

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

25/08/2016

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

06/04/2016

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

15/03/2016

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

10/03/2016

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

10/03/2016

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

09/03/2016

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

24/02/2016

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

15/02/2016

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

15/02/2016

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

10/02/2016

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

03/02/2016

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

01/02/2016

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’

28/01/2016

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

28/01/2016

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

22/01/2016

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

20/01/2016

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

17/12/2015

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

Experts call for reform of 'fat letter'

10/11/2015

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

09/11/2015

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

05/11/2015

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

02/11/2015

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’

29/10/2015

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

27/10/2015

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

21/10/2015

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

New resource launched to tackle poor housing conditions

21/10/2015

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'

15/10/2015

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

15/10/2015

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

13/10/2015

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

13/10/2015

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

13/10/2015

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

13/10/2015

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

08/10/2015

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'

06/10/2015

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

29/09/2015

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

29/09/2015

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

29/09/2015

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'

10/09/2015

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

08/09/2015

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

County launches partnership to reduce suicides

08/09/2015

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

07/09/2015

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

26/08/2015

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'

24/08/2015

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

24/08/2015

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

18/08/2015

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

14/08/2015

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

13/08/2015

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

03/08/2015

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

30/07/2015

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

28/07/2015

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

23/07/2015

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

23/07/2015

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

20/07/2015

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

16/07/2015

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

10/07/2015

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

06/07/2015

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

01/07/2015

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

01/07/2015

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

18/06/2015

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

15/06/2015

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

12/06/2015

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

10/06/2015

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

09/06/2015

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

09/06/2015

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

05/06/2015

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

20/05/2015

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

19/05/2015

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.

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