Health and Social Care

Charity calls for ‘whole Government approach’ to health of young people

16/10/2019
Whitehall should transform its policies across housing, transport and education in order to secure the future health of today’s young people, charity says.

Health and Social Care News

A quarter of London’s parks have unsafe air quality

11/10/2019

One in four of green spaces in London breach safety limits for air quality, new analysis has revealed.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Give councils the powers to restrict takeaways, obesity report says

10/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a proposal to strengthen planning powers to help deal with the underlying causes of obesity.

Council chiefs call for ‘properly resourced’ plan to improve health visiting

10/10/2019

Council leaders have called for a ‘properly resourced’ plan to encourage closer working between health visitors and other local authority services.

Call for dedicated social care appeals

10/10/2019

Fewer than one in five councils have a dedicated appeals process for social care, according to new research.

Majority of children ‘happy’, report finds

10/10/2019

The overwhelming majority of children in the UK are happy, according to an official report.

Young offenders ‘set up to fail’, report warns

08/10/2019

Children and young people released from young offender institutions are getting too little support in the community and are being ‘set up to fail’, a new report shows.

Half of mental health patients with diabetes not receiving ‘vital checks’

08/10/2019

A charity has called on the NHS to better integrate mental health and diabetes care after it was revealed that half of those needing treatment in both areas are not receiving vital checks.

Kinship carers ‘lack support’ in times of crisis, charity warns

07/10/2019

Family members who take on the responsibility of caring for children who are not their own risk being penalised due to a lack of support and independent advice, a charity has warned.

Whitehall announces £35m mental health research programme

07/10/2019

The Government today announced a £35m programme dedicated to researching teenage mental health issues.

Whitehall launches 10 new foster projects

04/10/2019

The Government has today launched fostering projects in 10 new locations in a bid to provide foster families with practical and emotional support and advice.

Nine in 10 complaints about SEND provision upheld by Ombudsman

03/10/2019

The Ombudsman is receiving more complaints about education, health and care plans (EHCP) than ever before – and the vast majority are being upheld.

Children’s voices missing from care records, study warns

03/10/2019

The voices of children and young people are missing from their social care records causing significant distress and upset, research has warned today.

Council launches new children's company in Worcestershire

02/10/2019

A new council-owned company to deliver children's services in Worcestershire has officially gone live.

Local councils aim to make communities 'seizure savvy'

02/10/2019

A new partnership to help local councils raise awareness of how to help someone having an epileptic fit has been launched.

Councils issue warning over toxic skin-lightening creams

30/09/2019

Local government leaders have warned of the dangers of skin-lightening creams that 'act like paint stripper' and increase the risk of cancer.

Calls for free social care across Wales

30/09/2019

Social care should be free at the point of need for everyone in Wales, a commission has argued today.

Multi-million funding to transform community mental health services

30/09/2019

Mental health services in 12 areas of England are to share £70m funding to deliver new specialist services.

Councils voice concern over 'alarming' fall in childhood vaccination rates

27/09/2019

An 'alarming' fall in childhood vaccination rates should serve as a wake-up call to parents and authorities about the need for children to be protected against disease, local government leaders have warned.

No-deal Brexit presents 'risk' to health and social care sectors

27/09/2019

There is a risk that care homes and the NHS will be unable to access vital medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Social care for smokers costing councils £720m a year

26/09/2019

Smoking-related social care is costing local authorities £720m a year, new research has revealed.

Majority of young carers suffer mental health issues, study shows

25/09/2019

A new study has revealed that nearly two thirds of young carers in the UK suffer from mental health problems because of their caring duties.

Kinship carers blast lack of support from children's services

24/09/2019

Local authorities should have a legal responsibility to support people looking after the children of family and friends, campaigners have argued.

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.

Over 300,000 people forced to sell homes to pay for care

19/09/2019

Over the last 20 years hundreds of thousands of older people have been forced to sell their home to cover the cost of social care, charity reveals.

Smoking rates dropping at fastest rate in a decade

19/09/2019

The number of adult smokers fell by 2.2% in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures.

Ombudsman upholds two thirds of care complaints

19/09/2019

But despite this complaints about care have fallen and in the vast majority of cases his recommendations are carried out, council leaders say.

Nurse shortages ‘endangering’ care home patients

17/09/2019

A campaign has been launched calling on the Government to fix the nursing workforce crisis as hospitals and care homes warn patient safety is ‘endangered’.

Whitehall launches £30m fund to fight online ‘predators’

17/09/2019

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help tackle paedophiles operating online.

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.

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Safeguarding shake-up

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.

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